Deontay Wilder Still Believes He Won the First Fury Fight

Published 02/16/2021, 11:21 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 01: Deontay Wilder punches Tyson Fury in the fifth round, fighting to a draw during the WBC Heavyweight Championship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


Despite losing the rematch against Tyson Fury via knockout, former WBC champion Deontay Wilder believes that he won the first fight against the Brit. Relying on his sensational knockdown in the last round, Wilder claimed that he haad overpowered ‘The Gypsy King’ in the ring.

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However, the fight ended in a draw, and Wilder revealed why it was unfair to him.

Tyson Fury had outboxed Deontay Wilder throughout the fight. But Wilder staged his moment by notching the big knockdown in the final stage.

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Everyone thought it was over for Fury. However, ‘The Gypsy King’ rose back and continued the showdown till the last bell. That said, Wilder accused the referee of helping Fury in the fight.

Speaking with Fight hub, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ said, “Hands down, I won that fight (Fury vs Wilder 1). You know, so not only with me knocking him (Fury) out and the ref giving him more time because he felt like it would be the right thing to do. You know I am saying because of the type of fight it was. It was a highly anticipated fight.”

According to Wilder, such fights attract more attention from fans, making the referee play a unique role. So, he blamed Jack Reiss for giving extra time to Fury, while he was recovering from Wilder’s right-hand shot.

Wilder continued, “You know had a lot on the line and you know, sometimes these referees go out of their character. Feeling like, well, I am gonna do what’s best for the sport. Instead of what’s best for what is in the rules. It was a lot going on in that fight but we ain’t gonna get into all that. I definitely knocked him out.”

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury- The epic heavyweight rivalry

The first fight saw both the heavyweights depart with their undefeated records. However, Fury left no doubts in the rematch. He introduced his best form in the ring and dominated Wilder from the initial stage.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

He secured an early knockdown in round three and continued the trail till the seventh round until Wilder’s corner had to throw in the towel. The rematch sparked severe controversies as Wilder blamed his own team for the loss.

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A trilogy fight was also on the cards, but due to lack of interest and activity, it has little chances of coming to fruition.

Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder hasn’t announced his return since losing the fight. So, it’s bizarre to envision him returning in another big fight against Fury, especially after such an enormous loss.

Do you think Deontay Wilder can rightfully vanquish Tyson Fury?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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