Tyson Fury has seemingly been on the receiving end of the sort of dodgy officiating that gives the sport of boxing a bad name after he fought out a drawn encounter with the WBC champion Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles.
The Englishman appeared well in control of the fight overall, dominating the early rounds and managing to avoid Wilder’s savage, swinging shots for the most part.
But the Alabama man Wilder did drop Fury, twice, in fact, which may just have been enough for him to hold on to his belt for another fight at least.
The last of those put-downs, in the last, would have been enough to leave almost any fighter on the planet but the indomitable spirit of Fury shone through as he rose to his feet and held on to hear the bell - and the judge’s reading of what had happened.
The judges scorecards, after twelve rounds of pulsating action, read: 115-111 Wilder, 114-110 Fury, 113-113 draw. So, the spoils were shared.
“I still believe I won that fight. I think every man in here thinks I won that fight,” said Fury in the ring afterwards when interviewed by Steve Bunce for BT Sport Box Office.
But there were to be no recriminations from Fury, "I am going to remain professional,” he said. “God love America, the Gypsy King is back.”
His trainer Ben Davison, who has done a remarkable job to guide his fighter back from ill-health to putting in this level of performance, was in a less philosophical mood.
Speaking to the same broadcaster, he said: “Look, that just said it all to me there. The American man got out of the ring and said, ‘It’s fine, they can do it again. It’s fine’.
“What do you mean it’s fine? You’ve just taken away the biggest comeback not in boxing history but in sports history from a man that has come back from hell.
“And it’s fine? You have got to be a sick, sick man to do that. A sick, sick man."
Adding: “We didn't come here for money and we didn’t come here to get through the fight. We came here to win and we won that fight.
“I’m absolutely sick and gutted.”
Davison perhaps summed up the views of many pundits and fans alike, with the name of the judge who scored the fight 115-111 in favour of the American fighter drawing particular ire.
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