Just a few hours ago Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder squared off in what’s already being called an instant classic in the sport’s history.
The outcome, a very controversial split decision draw, is causing outrage among fans who believe the scores were quite obviously ‘fixed’, or at the very least incorrect.
Well, as is the case with these big boxing events, the judges’ scorecards have done absolutely nothing to help put that controversy to rest, instead adding fuel to the fire of irate fans around the world.
It sounds like a lot of you agree.
— Frank Warren (@frankwarren_tv) December 2, 2018
Going into the fight, Fury was the bookies outsider, albeit only just, despite having certain favourable attributes against Wilder. Fury, at 6ft 9 had a height advantage, reach advantage, and age advantage – being three years younger than the Bronze Bomber.
Despite being the first man to beat Wladimir Klitschko in over 11 years, going into the fight as the underdog was for one obvious reason: ring rust.
He’d been out of action for over two years before two quick warm-up fights for arguably one of the most exciting bouts of 2018.
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
But now it’s game over. And although boxing fans were greeted to one of the best bouts of boxing in history – with many dubbing Fury the unanimous champion, the judges scored it a split decision draw.
Fans claim Fury dominated the entire fight, despite the two knockdowns. He’s believed by many to have won a minimum of 10 rounds.
Not according to the scorecards though, which were officially announced as 115-111 Wilder, 114-110 Fury, and 113-113 ending the fight in a split draw.
Check them out here:
— Sheldan Keay (@SheldanKeay) December 2, 2018
Despite the disagreements, there even seems to be an error on the card, at least according to Bloody Elbow, who claim Judge Robert Tapper’s 114-110 score for Fury was incorrectly calculated, and indeed it should be 114-112.
Of course, this doesn’t change the outcome of the game, but it throws yet more fuel onto the controversy fire.
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Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.