Why Deontay Wilder versus Tyson Fury result was a FAIR one

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 | 0

Eight rounds into the fight, Deontay Wilder was being schooled by Tyson Fury. The latter’s slick moves were turning out to be no match for the ‘Bronze Bomer’. That was just until then though.

In the ninth round, Wilder came out all guns blazing, perhaps knowing a knock out was the only way to evade the jaws of defeat. And unlike the previous rounds, he connected a few wild swings this time around. Bam! Down went Fury, only to be on feet rather quickly. Business unfinished for Wilder.

A skillful pugilist that he is, Fury perpetrated another twist in the script. Taking the bull by the horn, the ‘Gypsy King’ was back doing what he does the best in the tenth and eleventh rounds: irritate the opponent with his awkward style.

By the end of the penultimate round, one thing was clear: Fury was winning, and he winning big time on the scorecards.

Wilder, seemingly, knew that. One could make that from his eyes as he rose up to trade punches for the one last time in the night. He knew there was only one way to snatch a victory: knock Fury out.

He didn’t rush to things, something he hardly took care of earlier in the fight. He took his time, measured his nemesis, didn’t swing haywire, as if he knew a knockout was coming. Such faith on his big right hand!

Then arose a moment of sheer surprise: out came a vicious right-left combination from Wilder, one that would have perhaps fallen even a horse. Fury was down. His eyes closed.  Business finished for Wilder, he thought, gesturing, ‘It’s over’.

It was not to be. Fury opened his eyes, somehow managed to beat the count, and how! As if the knock down spurred him on, he put his best foot forward, this time in the attacking sense.

End of 12 rounds. Fury thought he had edged it as raised his arms in joy and celebrated with his team. Wilder, on the other hand, was quiet. Not that he reckoned he had lost, but he probably was still stunned with how Fury rose from the canvas.

Judges’ scorecards read 115-111, 112-114, 113-113. It was a split draw. The outcome raised questions among the fans and pundits alike, with most opining Fury had edged it.

Yes, Fury was the more skillful boxer on the day, but with those two knockdowns – especially the one that took place in the last round – it would be harsh to take the WBC heavyweight belt away from the ‘Bronze Bomber’.

Safe to say, the declared result was fair. For those still debating it, a rematch should solve all the answers.

 

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