Former three-time world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has stood with Tyson Fury amid a controversial split decision draw with Deontay Wilder in their heavyweight title bout in Los Angeles.
The 53-year old took to Twitter to express his dismay on how the Fury vs Wilder fight was judged, claiming that the result presents a harsh reality on the lives of British boxers visiting the US for a fight. Fellow Brit Frank Bruno was first to release a reaction before Lewis followed suit:
Massive respect to @Tyson_Fury he’s a champ, a phenomenal comeback I’ve never shouted so much at a tv, be proud you’ve brought so much excitement to British boxing tonight congratulations your a winner in my eyes & the rest of the UK 🇬🇧
Draw my arse! pic.twitter.com/NJjufCYcEP
— Frank Bruno MBE 🇬🇧 (@frankbrunoboxer) December 2, 2018
Lewis Believes Fury Is The Clear Winner
The highly-awaited Fury vs Wilder clash ended with a tie-contest as Mexican judge Alejandro Rochin scored 115-11 in favour of ‘The Bronze Bomber’, Robert Tapper of Canada tallied 114-110 going to Fury’s way, while Phil Edwards of the United Kingdom had it knot-tied at 113-113.
The outcome caused a stir among boxing fans, who believed that ‘The Gypsy King’s dominance was enough to earn him the victory. Fury himself knew that he won the fight but refused to complain.
After two successful outings and a draw since returning to the professional competition, the 30-year old Briton wants his next assignment to be against the same opponent. He said that the rematch is the exact thing fans want to see regardless of the host country. Speaking of the host country, the heavyweight legend, Lewis, has lashed out on the judging in the recently-concluded Fury-Wilder fight, saying that it is hard for Brits to win a championship belt in the US soil.
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Lewis compared the controversial split decision draw to his first encounter with Evander Holyfield in 1999 in held in New York, where it also ended in a tie-contest. He wrote on Twitter:
“This WilderFury judging takes me back to my first fight with holyfield Just goes to show how hard it is for a Brit to come to America and take someone’s belt even tho that’s what we clearly saw. Big up to Tyson_Fury who never ceases to amaze me. Hold ur head high!”
He then paid tribute to Fury for making a successful comeback after many years of battling depression and drug issue.
“I just saw Tyson_Fury come back from drugs, depression, two years of inactivity and massive weight loss to outbox the WBC Heavyweight champion, who was gifted a draw! In a rematch, I can only imagine that he will be even better prepared. WilderFury2”
Win or lose, ‘The Gypsy King’ has promised to donate his entire seven-figure paycheck to build homes for the poor.