Lennox Lewis watched Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder on Sunday morning from the BT Sport Box Office studio, and like most of us, he scored the fight for a Tyson Fury victory.
What he wouldn’t have expected, however, was how similar the outcome of this fight was, to his own heavyweight championship battle in the United States almost 20 years earlier.
Fury dominated long spells of the fight, showing simple boxing prowess and technique, over Wilder’s swinging right hands.
It was from a boxing purist point of view, a boxing masterclass from Fury.
Whilst the Gypsy King used his height and reach advantage well, Wilder struggled to land any of his signature right hands, until the ninth round, when he floored Fury for the first time with a shot to the side of his head.
Fury managed to clamber back to his feet and see the round, and fight out, until the 12th round when the Bronze Bomber landed a stunning combination to leave Fury seemingly out cold.
Wilder celebrated like he had just knocked out the British heavyweight, and was visibly stunned to see Tyson Fury climb back to his feet to complete the fight.
There are not many fighters, if any at all in the world who can climb off the canvas twice in a battle with Deontay Wilder, but Fury did and had seemingly defeated Wilder on points despite the knockdowns, to become the new WBC heavyweight champion.
This, however, did not prove to be the case.
Judges at the Staples Center in Los Angeles scored the fight a draw, leaving Wilder delighted and Fury deflated, but most importantly, leaving the two fighters and their camps to draw up plans for a rematch next year.
Whilst the initial reaction from Fury was downbeat, he was full of praise for his opponent and it seems he has won over the nation of boxing fans again.
Lennox Lewis himself was full of praise for the Gypsy King, claiming that the he never ceases to amaze him in the ring.
Lewis himself is no stranger to controversial points decisions in the US, bringing back memories of his first bout against Evander Holyfield on March 13, 1999, which was deemed a draw despite Lewis’ clear domination of the fight.
Giving his immediate reaction from his Twitter feed, Lewis pointed out that like himself, Fury was wrongly denied a victory and carried on to describe how hard it is for fighters going over to the US to score points victories.
“This WilderFury judging takes me back to my first fight with @Holyfield. Just goes to show how hard it is for a Brit to come to America and take someone’s belt even tho that’s what we clearly saw.
“Big up to @Tyson_Fury who never ceases to amaze me. Hold your head high!”
Whilst Tyson Fury comes out of this fight with his head held high, with clear support from boxing professionals, analysts and fans worldwide, there was clear disappointment with a decision that it seems very few agree with.
Whatever your own personal thoughts are on the situation, it leaves the contest nicely poised for a rematch between the two next year.News Now - Sport News