Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder referee claims he was seconds away from stopping fight

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

Referee Kenny Bayless was on the verge of stopping Tyson Fury’s WBC heavyweight title fight against Deontay Wilder when the American’s corner threw in the towel, he revealed.

Experienced boxing official Bayless was the man in the middle for the titanic rematch, which saw the ‘Gypsy King’ become a two-time champion after inflicting the first defeat of Wilder’s career.

Wilder has publicly criticised trainer Mark Breland and hinted he could sack the man responsible for denying him the chance to ‘go out on his shield.’

However, in a revelation that appears to vindicate Breland’s decision, Bayless has claimed that he went into the seventh round already considering a premature end to the fight, such was the punishment that Fury was dishing out to the defending champion.

“It was a good stoppage in my opinion,” said Bayless,per the Mirror.

“In the minute’s rest between rounds before the stoppage, I went over to Deontay and looked at him in the face.

“I gave him the line that us referees give fighters to let them know, ‘Hey, you’ve gotta show me something.’

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“They know that if you go back out there and you don’t show me something, then I might have to do my job and stop it.

“Deontay is a warrior, when I saw the towel come in and stopped the fight, Deontay’s first response was,‘Why did I stop it?’

"Then I let him know it was his corner, but I was very close to ending the fight myself."

Wilder has already signalled his intention to activate a rematch clause for a trilogy fight against Fury, with a deadline set for the end of July.

However, Frank Warren, who represents the ‘Gypsy King,’ has suggested they may be able to come to a financial agreement with Wilder to avoid a third bout, so Fury can face Anthony Joshua in a blockbuster unification clash later this year.

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Like Fury, Joshua may have to fight mandatory challengers for his IBF, WBA and WBO belts, or negotiate deals for them to step aside.

Still, Warren is hopeful the bout we all want to see will take place in 2020.

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