Talk about robbery in boxing! Sunday’s WBC title fight packed the heat. The long drawn out fight between all American 6’7 Deontay Wilder and 6’9 Gypsy, Tyson Fury ended in a surprising draw.
The two heavyweight boxers choreographed a beautiful fight, with Fury defending himself gracefully, ducking punches and landing swift hits. Wilder consistently pushed forward, delivering a perfect right hand, then a jab and left hook driving Fury flat on his back in the first knockout of the night.
Fury staggered to his feet, throwing both hands up in celebration. Just like in 2011 when he was knocked out for the first time ever in his career, Fury wasn’t going down easy. Wilder’s confidence spiked, jumping and shuffling as he plotted his next move. The Wembley crowd heaved with excitement, happy to get their money’s worth I’d say.
In the 12th round, Fury found himself driven back on the canvass with a barrage of punches. By this time, Wilder was certain there was no way Fury would get back up. That’s what it seemed when Wilder turned to entertain premature victory chants from the crowd.
Fury was up again, fighting with a vengeance. Most boxers don’t get up from such a hit. The fight lasted all twelve rounds. As both heavyweight champs waited for results to be announced, they hugged, with Fury holding Wilder’s face close, congratulating fellow boxer for a great fight. It’s unsettling how much physical intimacy transpires in and out of the ring.
Finally the results came in, rousing the crowd and supposedly turning Mayweather off as he stumped out of the arena disappointed. It was a shocking draw both parties didn’t see coming. Many have argued Fury won hands down. Ben Davison (Fury’s manager) said of Rochin, “They just took away the best comeback in sport history. You’ve got to be a sick, sick man to do that.”
While it’s unclear if controversial judge Alejandro Rochin has psychological challenges or requires a clean bill from a mental institution, what is indisputable is the bold robbery that reeks of an attention whore. Perhaps the draw is merely a cheap publicity stunt to make money off a rematch.
Fury although displeased with the results walked head high, knowing he fought a good fight – literally.
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