American professional boxer Deontay Wilder salvaged a draw against his British counterpart Tyson Fury, thanks to a 12th round knockdown to keep his world heavyweight title.
Wilder who has held the WBC heavyweight title since 2015, looked confused by Fury’s boxing throughout, but his raw power managed to haul him back into contention on the judges’ scorecards after dropping the Gypsy King in the ninth and final round.
Meanwhile, there was controversy after the bout as one of the judges, Alejandro Rochin (USA) put in a card that read 115-111 to Wilder. Robert Tapper (Canada) had it 114-112 to Fury, while Phil Edwards (United Kingdom) had it 113-113.
Displeased with Rochin’s scorecard, Paulie Malignaggi, an American boxing commentator and analyst, criticised the judge, insisting that he should not work another day in boxing.
His words: “I don’t really care about any of these replays,” Malignaggi said. “They matter nothing. This decision is a joke. Alejandro Rochin better never work another day in his life in boxing.