Fury referee blasted for “slow” count when Brit was knocked down by Wilder

Tyson Fury retained his WBC heavyweight belt with a thrilling knockout victory over Deontay Wilder, with the Gypsy King climbing up from the canvas on two occasions

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Tyson Fury reacts to win over Deontay Wilder

UFC legend Daniel Cormier has slammed referee Russell Mora for what he felt was a “crazy slow” count when Tyson Fury was floored by Deontay Wilder.

The Gypsy King retained his WBC heavyweight crown with a dominant display in Las Vegas, ultimately knocking out the American in the 11th round.

However, that was only after the Brit climbed up off on the canvas on two occasions during a dramatic fourth round.

Wilder had gone down in the third and the extra weight he put on prior to the bout looked destined to spectacularly backfire.

But from almost nowhere, the Bronze Bomber unleashed his concussive power to put the undefeated Fury on his back twice in a matter of moments.

Referee Russell Mora was accused of a “crazy slow” count when Tyson Fury was knocked down

After climbing to his feet to beat the count, Fury was spent sprawling back to the mat with seconds of the round remaining.

The champion’s resilience was on display however, beating Mora’s count for the second time to ensure the fight would go on.

Former two-weight world champion Andre Ward was critical of the referee on the US broadcast of the fight, hinting Fury was given an easier ride from the referee.

And Cormier agreed with Ward, incorrectly stating that Mora shouldn’t have stopped in order to tell Wilder to return to a neutral corner.

Shortly after the first knockdown, Mora was forced to tell Wilder to move to a neutral corner, rather than his own, as per existing rules.

Cormier posted on Twitter : “The count was crazy slow. (The referee) isn’t supposed to stop counting to tell Deontay to go to his corner.”

However, by the time Fury stopped Wilder, DC instead focussed on the quality of a bout that has instantly gone down as a classic: “The Gypsy King!!!!!!!!! @Tyson_Fury is a beast and boy @BronzeBomber has nothing to be ashamed of. This s*** was crazy! I am so happy I watched this fight. Bravo fellas.”

Deontay Wilder was stopped in the 11th round of a thrilling encounter in Las Vegas


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Speaking after his victory, Fury revealed he had suffered an ankle injury in the aftermath of Wilder’s first trip to the canvas.

“When I hit him with an uppercut, bang in the first (third) round, dropped him, I nearly broke my ankle,” Fury told IFL TV . “I went over on my ankle, my ankle’s hurt.”

After finding himself behind on the judges’ scorecards at the midway point of the fight, Fury took control of the fight and Wilder looked out on his feet before the devastating finish in the penultimate round.

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