It wouldn’t be a high-profile boxing match without a controversial result on the judges’ scorecards, but the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder fight Saturday almost didn’t make it that far. Fury seemed to be ahead for much of the match, but in the 12th round, it looked like Wilder scored a knockout against him. But Fury somehow managed to rise on a count of six:
Deontay Wilder knocked down Tyson Fury and he got back up 😳☠️ pic.twitter.com/LOpwaBYBot
— Tailgate Sports (@_TailgateSports) December 2, 2018
In the end, the judges called it a draw, and many weren’t happy about that (language warning):
It’s a split draw.
Nah. Not having that. Also, someone needs to drug test the judge who gave that 115-111 to Wilder. #WilderFury
— Simon Head (@simonhead) December 2, 2018
The biggest robbery I’ve ever seen in boxing! Fury won 10 out of 12 rounds 🥊
— ZDOT (@ZdotProductions) December 2, 2018
— Jamel Herring (@JamelHerring) December 2, 2018
And that's why boxing haemorrhaged viewers and interest for a generation!
Pure fucking corruption!
Fury was the only one boxing, schooled the lad who eventually got lucky with the "I'll just chuck arms like a windmill " method.
Absolute sporting travesty!
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) December 2, 2018
"This decision is a joke. The judge who scored Wilder winning should never be involved in boxing again."
Well said Paulie. Well said.
— TeamFA (@TeamFA) December 2, 2018
Shades of Lewis-Holyfield-1. Fury boxed beautifully and was robbed really. Wilder saved by two knockdowns. Otherwise taken to school.
— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) December 2, 2018
Wilder knows he lost! You can hear it in his voice!!! Daylight Robbery 🥊
— Kevin Campbell (@1kevincampbell) December 2, 2018
Judge that had that for Wilder by 4 needs his licence stripping immediately !
— Scott Malone (@ScottyMalone28) December 2, 2018
F*ck my f*cking arse. A draw.
Look at their faces. Wilder delighted, Fury gutted. pic.twitter.com/DrdIFYs47q
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 2, 2018
But, there were also some (well in the minority, though) unhappy Wilder didn’t win outright:
Terribke decision! Wilder definitely won. 2 knockdown! Fury is the more skilled boxer, but 2 knockdowns?!
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) December 2, 2018
At any rate, this produced some great looks at Wilder’s face:
Haha Wilder’s face seeing Fury get up pic.twitter.com/UDnEnz9GHo
— Wayne Farry (@waynefarry) December 2, 2018
And some Undertaker references:
— TYBUU (@TyBuuTV) December 2, 2018
— Craig Doyle (@craigd90) December 2, 2018
— zay🥶 (@ZayBruuuh) December 2, 2018
In any case, that’s certainly a memorable fight. Even if Fury’s tubthumping didn’t pay off in the end. And there’s a rematch on the way, and if it’s anything like this one, it should be worth watching.