Wilder: Fury Was Given Favoritism

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder feels the referee, judges and commentators were not as impartial as they should’ve been when he fought Tyson Fury.

Many in the boxing community felt Fury deserved the nod when the pair met in December 2018, but the bout was ruled a split draw. This ending came in part due to Wilder scoring two knockdowns on Fury, the latter of which came in the final round and saw controversy over a possible long count from the referee.

Wilder feels the ref and judges for this fight, as well as commentators, were sympathetic and partial towards Fury thanks to Fury’s comeback from alcoholism, addiction and depression that spoiled his first heavyweight title reign.

“Look at when I fight other guys, even with the [Luis] Ortiz fight, there’s always something pushed through the challenger and not me,” Wilder said. “There’s always something good said about them and it’s always what I should be doing or need to be doing. It’s never ‘bigging’ me up, no one ever sees the greatness of what I’m doing until I just pop somebody in the middle of their sentence complimenting the other opponent. When you have it like that, you paint a narrative to the other people that’s on the outside looking in.

“They say: ‘Oh, he [Wilder] got beat 10 to 2,’ when they [the fans] don’t even know what the hell they are looking at, they don’t even know how to score a card. I thank God that I had smart judges, to read through the things Fury was doing because he can also egg on the judging decision. When he [Fury] does, at the end of the round, all the taunting, them only tactics when the round over when you never won. It’s trying to make people say oh I’m still here, I won, I got the more energy.

He [Fury] wasn’t doing nothing, he was missing a lot of punches. Forget the draw as that wasn’t no draw, I knocked him out, Jack Reese [the referee] showed favoritism, he had an emotional connection to Fury because of his story along with everybody else. Along with the commentary because they had an emotional connection.

Wilder and Fury will meet in an early 2020 rematch — provided Wilder retains his title in a rematch with Luis Ortiz on November 23.

Original Story: Boxing Scene

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