Tyson Fury can feel hard done by after his fight against Deontay Wilder on Saturday night ended in a draw.
The Gypsy King produced a class performance, outboxing his opponent throughout the contest.
Yet the bout ended in a split-decision, with one judge scoring the fight 115-111 in Wilder’s favour.
As disappointing as it was for Fury not to claim the WBC heavyweight belt, he came very, very close to losing the fight.
Fury was knocked down in the 12th round after Wilder connected with a bruising left hand blow.
It seemed for all the world that Fury was going to be Wilder’s 41st victim - and the 40th to lose to the America via knockout.
But he managed to rise to his feet and saw out the remainder of the fight.
Controversy over the referee's count
There was a bit of controversy in referee Jack Reiss’ count, with many Wilder fans feeling as though Fury was on the canvas for longer than 10 seconds.
Indeed, Wilder himself said, per the Metro: “I don’t know why they didn’t start the count earlier.”
However, that thought has been debunked by BoxingHype on Twitter.
They’ve made a video that clearly shows Fury rose to his feet before 10 seconds were counted.
There were 9.90 seconds on the clock when Fury was up.
While Fury was down, Wilder set about shimmying in an early celebration. He couldn’t believe that his opponent was able to get up.
“I don’t know how he got up,” the American said after the fight, per the Metro. “I saw his eyes roll back in his head.
“Only God knows how he got back up… it’ll be easier for me to hit him [in a rematch].”
The demand for a rematch is certainly there following the encounter.
Two of top heavyweights in the world went at it for 12 rounds - boxing fans would love to see it happen all over again.
And with Anthony Joshua being the man to beat, there promises to be some entertaining fights in 2019.News Now - Sport News