Ricky Hatton weighs in on the Wilder/Fury count controversy

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

British boxing legend Ricky 'Hitman' Hatton has recently given his opinion on the controversy that's  been surrounding the fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury on Saturday night.

The fight between the two heavyweight giants took place at the Staples Center in LA, and the much-anticipated match-up did not disappoint, with the fight lasting all 12 rounds, and ending up in a draw.

This resulted in fans and pundits from both sides giving their opinions on who they thought really should have won.

With the judges deciding the fight finished as a draw, Wilder hasn't been the only one criticising the count by the fight referee Jack Reiss.

As Fury was put down for the second time in the 12th round, Wilder took his time getting into the neutral corner so the ref could start the count.

Fury ended up beating the count, and got back to his feet against all odds, but following the exciting draw, Wilder posted a video claiming that the ref delayed before starting the count, an opinion many of his fans have agreed with. 

Of course, many have also disagreed with the American and have sided with the Gypsy King instead.

One of those being Ricky Hatton, who was in Fury's corner on fight night.

Hatton posted a message on Instagram regarding the ref's count controversy, and in the message he said: "From the second Tyson hit the deck to the second his knees were off the canvas was bang on 10 seconds.

"What referee can start the count instantly the second he hits the canvas?"

The reason that referee Jack Reiss delayed the count, and so didn't start it the second Fury hit the canvas, was because Wilder wasn't in the neutral corner, as Hatton goes on to say.

The American essentially shot himself in the foot there.

The punch that put Fury down was so brutal, that Wilder thought it was over, combined with the fact it was the second time Fury had hit the canvas, and that it was the 12th round, the champ was celebrating when he should have been in the neutral corner, waiting for the count.

Is all of this sour grapes? Or just the inevitable jousting after a big, controversial fight between two massive, great boxers?

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