Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder: Referee Jack Reiss defends his ten count and blast 'knuckleheads' claiming it was longDecember 5, 2018
The American says said he did what was "best for boxing" as the fight was too important to waive the Gypsy King off.
Fury seemed to be ahead of the WBC champion on points but was knocked down twice by the Bronze Bomber in the ninth and the twelfth.
In the last round, the 30-year-old Brit heavily collapsed to the ground and seemed unconscious, and the American was convinced the fight was over.
The Gypsy King, however, stunningly got up from the canvas – stunning fans and Wilder himself.
The referee Jack Reiss let Fury continue sparking discussion whether he beat the count – with Wilder claiming he stayed down for 14 seconds.
But the judge defended his decision, saying it was "best for boxing" to give Fury a chance to come back and fired back at complaining "knuckleheads".
He told SiriusXM: "If there was earlier, heavier damage and [Fury] had been hurt… then he fell like that and hit his head, I would have waived it off.
"But the fight was so close. The magnitude of the fight, I’ve always been taught to count a champion out.
"I wanted to give him every opportunity, so I took my time.
"Not that I stalled the count like these knuckleheads are saying.
"I was patient and I went down to make sure what I was doing was correct.
"I want to do what’s best for boxing and I always want to do what’s best for boxing."
The fight finished in a controversial draw prompting both boxers to seek a rematch possibly delaying a unification bout with Anthony Joshua.
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