The boxing world is still reacting to the controversial draw between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in LA.
Fury survived two knockdowns - including a heavy blow in the 12th round - but dominated proceedings for the majority of the fight.
And the ‘Gypsy King’ certainly felt hard done by after the outcome.
“We’re on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight,” Fury said.
It’s hard to disagree with him, in truth.
In fact, it seems even Wilder’s camp feared a loss following the fight.
That’s according to boxing journalist Steve Bunce, who claims Wilder’s team conceded defeat before the scores were announced.
“I was up waiting to do the interview up in the ring and one or two people from Showtime and from inside the very large Wilder camp came over long, long, long before the verdict was out, long, long, long before the word crept around the ring about the score, ‘cos someone came over and told me the score a good two or three minutes before it was announced," he told 5 Live boxing with Costello & Bunce, per the Daily Star.
"And the guy was white, he couldn’t believe that’s what it was.
“But a couple of high-profile people in Wilder’s camp came over and said hello and said: ‘you know, great performance. Don’t worry, we’ll get him in the rematch.’
“And the other one said: ‘wow it was tight, but I do think your guy got it.’
“They both came over afterward the cheeky so and so’s and said: ‘Buncey, it’s no great scream, it was a tight match.’
“I wish I had recorded them when they first came over the original time. What they were doing [is] they were covering their backsides by coming over at the start.
“Everyone was startled in that corner.”
Well, that just sums it up, doesn’t it?
Wilder’s own team were convinced Fury had taken the WBC heavyweight title before hearing the judges’ scorecards emerged.News Now - Sport News