Former five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather was reportedly disappointed when the highly-awaited showdown between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury ended in a draw.
The undefeated boxing legend graced the Staples Arena in Los Angeles last night to witness the biggest heavyweight fight on US soil since the Lewis-Klitschko bout in 2003. According to Fury’s trainer, Ben Davison, Mayweather left the venue ‘disgusted’ after the British challenger, who outboxed the defending champion, was denied of the WBC heavyweight strap.
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Fury, who was billed to win if the fight went the distance, dictated the tempo in the early rounds until he was knocked down by Wilder in the ninth round with a solid right hand. The 30-year-old Briton restored order in the tenth and eleventh rounds, landing significant strikes as the American champion looked for his ‘one big shot.’
The lineal heavyweight champion seemed to be in cruise control but a second knockdown in the final round boosted Wilder’s chances. Wilder thought he had knocked Fury out and went to an early celebration. To everyone’s surprise, Fury rose back from the dead and finished the fight.
After 12 intense rounds, Mexican judge Alejandro Rochin scored 115-11 in favour of ‘The Bronze Bomber’, Robert Tapper of Canada tallied 114-110 for Fury, while Phil Edwards of the United Kingdom had it tied at 113-113, resulting to a split decision draw.
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Mayweather Was Disgusted With The Result
Many boxing fans and pundits, including Mayweather, were not happy with the result, saying that ‘The Gypsy King’ was the clear winner after dominating Wilder in nine to ten rounds. Fury’s trainer shared that the undefeated boxer, who was in attendance last night, left the Staples Arena disgusted when the fight was declared a draw.
“Floyd Mayweather’s walked out this arena disgusted… that says it all, you know to take something away from someone that’s come from hell and back, to ruin the biggest comeback in boxing history, probably in sporting history, that is a disgrace.”
“Honestly disgraceful. Everybody in boxing knows Tyson’s story and we weren’t asking for any bias, we wanted and a fair crack of the whip, that’s all we asked for from start to finish and we haven’t got that.”
— The Sports Junky (@TheSportsJunky1) December 2, 2018
Mayweather shared his thoughts on the fight in an interview at the end of the fifth round, saying that the first five rounds were won by ‘The Gypsy King.’
“Fury has the combinations, and a very, very fast jab and is taking his time so it looks like, if Wilder doesn’t do anything else, Fury’s going to win if it goes the distance. 5-0 [Fury] so far.”