Referee Jack Reiss explains why he allowed Tyson Fury to continue in Wilder fight

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder fought to a controversial split decision draw in the early hours of Sunday morning (UK time), with many claiming the bout could win the 'fight of the year'.

Fury was believed to have won the majority of the 12 rounds and despite being knocked down twice, the Gypsy King felt robbed of not only the WBC Heavyweight Championship but arguably the greatest boxing comeback in history.

Wilder's two knockdowns most certainly saved his unbeaten record with the second knockdown looking to be the definitive blow - 40 seconds into the 12th round.

The Bronze Bomber struck Fury with a signature right hand followed by a vicious left hook whilst the Gypsy King was already on the way down.

To Wilder and the millions of spectator's amazement, Fury beat the count by 0.1 of a second.

Jack Reiss allowed Fury the full count

Referee Jack Reiss could have been forgiven for immediately stopping the fight with Fury laying motionless on the canvas, however he gave the lineal heavyweight champion the full count to come to his senses.

Reiss told Sirius XM Boxing Radio that if Fury had suffered severe damage prior to the knockdown things would have played out differently.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

“If there was earlier, heavier damage and (Fury) had been hurt. Then he fell like that and hit his head, I would have waived it off. But the fight was so close. The magnitude of the fight, I’ve always been taught to never count a champion out,”

Reiss also hit back at stories that he let Fury have more than the allocated ten count.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

“I wanted to give him every opportunity, so I took my time. Not that I stalled the count like these knuckleheads are saying.

“I was patient and I went down to make sure what I was doing was correct. I want to do what’s best for boxing and I always want to do what’s best for boxing,” he added.

The draw leaves the score unsettled with a rematch between the two boxers highly likely for 2019.

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