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Did the Referee Take Too Long to Count Out Tyson Fury After Deontay Wilder Knocked Him Down in the Trilogy Fight?

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The trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was as advertised. Both the heavyweight boxers gave their everything inside the ring, in what was an exciting 11 rounds. After everything was said and done, it was Tyson Fury who triumphed once again over Wilder, picking up an 11th round stoppage win to defend his WBC and lineal heavyweight championship of the world. However, the win did not come too easy for Fury who had to take a dive into the deep waters to get his hand raised tonight. But a lot of questions were raised when the referee allegedly took more time to make the countdown after Wilder knocked Fury down in the fourth round. 

Wilder came into the fight strong, showing some new skills in his arsenal. However, Fury was quick on his feet and only got comfortable as the rounds went on. Fury dropped Wilder in the third round, but the Bronze Bomber bounced back stronger as he knocked down Fury twice in the fourth round.

 

It was at this point that many fans took to social media to express their displeasure at the slow count after Fury got knocked down by Wilder. Sitting on the commentary table, Lennox Lewis, the former heavyweight champion of the world made the same remark. Was the referee count slow when Fury was down in the trilogy fight? 

Fans criticize referee for slow countdown during Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3

Considering the title belt was on the line, a case can be made that the referee gave every chance to Tyson Fury. Needless to say, the same can be said about Wilder who looked tired, and would often go for the clinch in the latter rounds. The referee allowed enough time for Wilder to recover, and it would be wrong to blame the official.

Tyson Fury knocks out Deontay Wilder

Additionally, looking at how the next rounds followed, and Fury’s response after getting up, there’s hardly any doubt that Tyson Fury was not hurt and well on his feet to continue. 

It did not look at any point that Wilder was going to finish Tyson Fury despite the two knockdowns in the fourth round. The Gypsy King looked absolutely incredible in the face of an evolved boxer in Deontay Wilder. 

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