Video Shows Referee’s Slow Count Saving Tyson Fury in the Deontay Wilder Trilogy

Published 10/10/2021, 4:51 PM EDT
Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Tyson Fury is given the count REUTERS/Steve Marcus


Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder went head-to-head for the third time on Saturday night. While ‘The Bronze Bomber’ showed a lot of heart in the fight, Tyson Fury proved to the world that he was the better man in this trilogy.

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‘The Gypsy King’ knocked out Deontay Wilder in round 11 and retained his WBC heavyweight world title. However, much like the previous two fights, even this fight had its fair share of controversies.

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Fans, other fighters, and even Andre Ward on the fight desk pointed out a moment in the fight that could have possibly changed Wilder’s chances. After getting dropped in round 3, the Alabama native made a comeback in round 4 and dropped Fury back as his big right hand connected effectively.

However, it seems that the referee gave Tyson Fury a bit more than 10 seconds to get back up after Wilder dropped him. A video that has now gone viral shows that after the fifth count, the referee decided to take some time off in between before resuming with the sixth count.

Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Deontay Wilder knocks down Tyson Fury REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Before delivering the sixth count, the ref asked Wilder to step back into his corner and then proceeded with his countdown. Many objected to the delay in the referee’s countdown.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to this slow count that helped Tyson Fury get back up after being knocked down-

Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 Slow Count: Twitter Reactions

In round 4, as the referee slowed down his count, Andre Ward on the desk even pointed out that he gave Fury a bit too long to get back up. Many big names in combat sports including MMA superstars like Daniel Cormier and Dustin Poirier reacted to this slow count controversy as well –

Most fans and experts said that the referee took his own sweet time to deliver that sixth count; however, few boxing insiders think that the ref was in the right.

Brian Campbell explained that the referee had the right to ask Wilder to step back into his corner in between the countdown.

Another analyst stated that there is a reason behind why it’s a 10-count and not 10 seconds. Michael Stets suggested that the count is up to the referee and not actual seconds. Another Twitter user shared a Washington Post article that explains why the referee might have been in the right here.

Regardless of what went down in round 4, this was a spectacular fight and will indubitably go down in history as one of the greatest.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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