Boxing fans are discussing the referee's role in Tyson Fury's knockdown vs Deontay Wilder

Wilder thought the bout was over when he sent Fury down

Many doubted Tyson Fury's ability to return to the big time after two-and-a-half years out of the ring.

Comeback fights against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta did little to win over the watching world either - but he can hold his head high again after his draw with Deontay Wilder.

In fact, the result has prompted anger given the British fighter's dominance throughout.

Judge Alejandro Rochin controversially awarded the fight 115-111 to the Bronze Bomber, perhaps on account of him knocking Fury down twice.

As a consequence, the narrative, at least on this side of the water, has held that the Gypsy King was robbed of the WBC belt.

However, Wilder had a few complaints of his own.

We all know how powerful a puncher he is and Fury felt the full brunt of it in the 12th round as he was sent hurtling to the canvas.

As impressive as it was that he got up and finished the fight, Wilder believed the referee started the count too late.

Wilder called the ref out 

"I don’t know how he got up. And I don’t know why they didn’t start the count earlier…I saw his eyes roll back in his head," Wilder told a press conference.

"Only God knows how he got back up…it’ll be easier for me to hit him [in a rematch]."

Now, few will sympathise with the 33-year-old given the apparently favourable treatment he received overall; he looked reasonably pleased with the draw when it was announced, safe in the knowledge he could well have lost his title.

Wilder may have had a point about the count being slow, however, and several boxing fans made the same point:

Fury would certainly have benefited if he was indeed given extra time to get himself together.

Even so, the current champion did not want to make too many excuses, admitting he was "anxious" and that his "game plan went out the window".

Fury refused to be beaten despite two knockdowns

It's a pity that what should have been the division's biggest night in over a year has been marred somewhat by controversy surrounding the referee and in particular, the judges.

The only way to settle it is via a rematch next year. 

Was the count too slow? Was a draw a fair result? Have your say in the comments. 

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