Tyson Fury's promoter Frank Warren and the British Boxing Board of Control will complain about the score for the bout between Fury and Deontay Wilder that resulted in a draw on Saturday. They will also ask the World Boxing Council (WBC) to launch an investigation into the matter and order a rematch.
The call came after the 30-year-old Briton was controversially denied victory against the American contender Wilder in the WBC heavyweight title fight in Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
During the fight, the former heavyweight champ suffered two knockdowns but he recovered himself with brilliant moves against Wilder. The bout ended in a draw with the three ringside judges gave the scores of 115-111 (in Wilder’s favor), 112-114 (in Fury’s favor) and 113-113.
Claiming that Mexican judge Alejandro Rochin who gave the score of 115-111 got it wrong, Warren said Fury was “robbed” in a wrongful way and they will move to protect their fighter’s interests.
The draw in the scorecards outraged fans and boxing pundits too. It drew criticism from boxing community, including former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. The 41-times winner Lewis took to Twitter to show his full support for Fury.
Recalling his own fight with American Evander Holyfield that ended in a controversial draw back in 1999, Lewis tweeted, “how hard it is for a Brit to come to America and take someone’s belt even though that’s what we clearly saw”.
Expressing his shock over the “gifted” draw, he demanded the rematch in the interest of the former champion Fury, who came back from drugs, depression, and two years of inactivity.