One Judge Somehow Gave All Four Opening Rounds To Deontay Wilder

Boxing fans around the world called the split decision draw between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury a disgrace as one judge somehow gave all four opening rounds to the American champion.

There are times in boxing when it's almost impossible to judge a round one way or the other. Put a few of those rounds in the same fight and suddenly some fights become extremely difficult to judge.

Most of the time when a fight goes to a decision, in boxing or any combat sports, there will at very least be some confusion about the scoring, if not full on outcry over a controversial decision.

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury certainly finished with the latter. Fury was the better man throughout and despite twice being dropped in the fight, only for him to get off the canvas, most people had the British boxer ahead on their personal scorecards.

It wasn't too much of a surprise to hear there had been a split decision but there was indignation at ring side and on social media when one judge scored the fight 115-111 in Wilder's favour.

With the scorecard having since come out it's seeing Alejandro Rochin give the American all four of the opening rounds that has surprised most:


Interestingly it wasn't Rochin who Fury decided to criticise. In the post fight press conference the British boxer decided to talk about Preston based judge Phil Edwards.

Edwards judged the fight a draw and his decision to give the sixth round to Wilder, with the other two judges scoring it to Fury, essentially changed the result of the fight.

In the press conference the lineal champion asked for the British Board of Boxing to look into Edwards.

Ryan Sidle

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