‘Forget the draw because that was no draw… I knocked him out’: Deontay Wilder accuses referee of ‘favouritism’ during his fight against Tyson Fury
- Deontay Wilder has criticised the decision of a draw against Tyson Fury
- The outspoken American feels he knocked out the British rival in their first fight
- Wilder and Fury will have a rematch in 2020 to determine the heavyweight king
Deontay Wilder believes ‘favouritism’ from the referee towards Tyson Fury was the only reason he was not awarded a knockout victory in their fight last year.
The American sent Fury to the canvas on two occasions in the Los Angeles bout last December but the Briton rose to his feet both times to grind out a draw.
But Wilder, speaking to Seconds Out, disregarded the decision of fight referee Jack Reiss as he adds to the tension ahead of a rematch in 2020.
Deontay Wilder (right) remains convinced he should have been awarded win over Tyson Fury
The British heavyweight was sent to the canvas twice but managed to get up and earn a draw
‘I’m 41-0 and 40 KOs; forget the draw because that was no draw, I knocked him out,’ Wilder said.
‘Jack Reiss showed favouritism, he had an emotional connection to Fury because of his story, along with everyone else. Jack Reiss said he went off the spirit of boxing, not the rules. His job is to count; when you see Fury getting up, he didn’t start counting immediately.
‘As Fury gets up, you can see him pausing… you’ve got to count him out. That was all emotional, all those things add up and people think he won… he didn’t win.
Wilder felt the referee showed ‘favouritism’ towards Fury and that took victory away from him
‘Thank God I had amazing judges who can read through all that. He was actually missing a lot of shots, I never got credit for the stuff I was doing good.’
Before attention turns to the rematch with Fury, Wilder will face Luis Ortiz for a second time on November 23.
The experienced fighter found it tough against Wilder in their first fight and many have viewed it as nothing more than a warm-up for ‘the Bronze Bomber’ ahead of renewing his rivalry with Fury.
Anthony Joshua had long been linked with a unification bout against Wilder, until he surrendered his belts in New York on June 1 with a shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jnr.
The heavyweight division is wide open for one man to establish himself as the undisputed king of the world and Wilder, should he overcome Fury at the second time of asking, will be confident he can take the crown.
The two fighters will meet again in a rematch fight in 2020 after Wilder has faced Luis Ortiz