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Paulie Malignaggi defends 'robbery' assessment of Fury-Wilder following Deontay criticism

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Former professional boxer Paulie Malignaggi has defended his comments that annoyed Deontay Wilder regarding his blockbuster fight with the Gypsy King himself, Tyson Fury.

Following the conclusion of the fight which ended in a controversial tie, the ex-boxer, now commentator spoke his mind and claimed that Fury was robbed of a victory in the fight, landing a substantial amount of hits in comparison to his American counterpart.

Wilder, who knocked Fury down twice during the fight, still feels he actually deserved to win and did not respond kindly to the comments made by Malignaggi.

And in a new interview with iFL TV, the 38-year-old explained his right to speak freely on the subject and further reiterated that he believes that Fury was unlucky to miss out on a victory in what is the biggest matchup since his comeback to the sport.

"I heard Wilder was unhappy with some of the comments I made but I am open to debate about how I achieve my scorecard," Malignaggi said.

"I thought it was a robbery but I'm not gonna put it out there like that and I'm open to debate with Wilder.

"It's never on a personal level and I don't have any interest in any fighter. I'm watching a fight and I'm defending who I think won the fight."

The outcome of the fight disappointed many fans who were looking for a winner between two of the biggest names in professional boxing and add Malignaggi to that list of fans watching.

The controversial tie has prompted for many fans and Wilder and Fury themselves to set up a rematch to find out who is the real victory for once and for all.

Just as Malignaggi joined a large following of fans who believed Fury was robbed because of his expert skill of landing so many hits on the American.

Malignaggi added: "Once you get the debate I think you'll understand that from a tactical perspective that I reached this conclusion.

"Don't get me wrong, most people reached that conclusion. It ain't like it is rocket science."

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

Another set of fans have backed Wilder to shine in a rematch after feeling that the American was actually the one that was robbed after dropping the Gypsy King to the floor twice in their first matchup.

It seems the only way to truly settle the debate will be for the rematch to take place next year.

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Tyson Fury
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