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Deontay Wilder criticised for sharing a video of incorrect count after second Fury knockdown

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Early Saturday morning saw two of boxing's most exciting heavyweights go toe-to-toe in what was expected to be a real thriller, and it did not disappoint.

Tyson Fury, the British challenger, has been surrounded by controversy for most of his professional boxing career. Of course, most recently he has battled drug and alcohol addiction, as well as depression, leading to just over two years away from the sport.

In the opposite corner, Deontay Wilder, an American hard-hitter - who has held the WBC heavyweight title since 2015 - was expected to win and extend his impressive record of 40 wins from 40 fights, with 39 by knockout.

Wilder's perfect record took a blow though, as the fight went the distance, with both fighters lasting all 12 rounds, despite Fury being floored twice by his opponent.

As usual after a big fight with colorful characters, the controversy is abundant. The fight ended in a draw, despite Fury hitting the canvas twice, he beat the count both times, and pundits all think the Brit won the fight, as it was widely considered boxed better throughout the other rounds.

Three days on from the fight though, Wilder and some of his most loyal fans think Fury received unfair recovery time from the referee, Jack Reiss.

Despite certain videos appearing to prove Fury did beat the count, Wilder tweeted a video from a different perspective which seemingly show his opponent take longer than ten seconds to get back to his feet.

In his post-fight press conference, Wilder said "I don't want to take nothing away from the fight but like I said, I've got a few questions that I ask myself that are circulating around, about the count," Wilder said in his post-fight press conference."

"But Fury was laid out and it was like they hesitated a little bit or whatever."

Regardless, many boxing fans have wasted no time to point out the various flaws with Wilder's tweet and dismissed theories the referee should have brought the fight to an end.

Nevertheless, it was a thrilling encounter, with either boxer hoping to get a shot at heavyweight boxing's top-boy, Anthony Joshua.

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Deontay Wilder
Tyson Fury
Boxing

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