It was labelled as one of the more controversial moments in the fight.
Shortly after Wilder knocked Fury down for the second time with a clubbing blow in round four, referee Russell Mora was criticized for a slow count at five.
In fact, several big names in combat sports picked up on the incident, including the likes of super former middleweight boxer Andre Ward.
UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier also chipped in. "That was a slow count," he said. "We gotta fight!!"
That was a slow count... we gotta fight!!
- The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 10, 2021
I agree with @andreward the count was crazy slow! He isn't supposed to stop counting to tell deontay to go to his corner. #FuryvsWilderIII
- Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 10, 2021
Despite these complaints, referee Mora was just following the rules when he stopped his count at five because he was ordering Deontay Wilder to a neutral corner.
As you can see in the footage below, the official stopped his count to instruct the American fighter to move elsewhere; a rule created by the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports.
The rules state: "When a knockdown occurs, the downed boxer's opponent shall go to the furthest neutral corner and remain there while the count is being made.
"The referee may stop counting if the opponent fails to go to the neutral corner, and resume the count where he/she left off when the opponent reports to or returns to the neutral corner."
I see a lot of chimping from Wilder fans about "muh slow count". In the video you can clearly see that Fury was on his feet within 10 seconds from both knockdowns in the 4th round. :53-:44 and :16-:06.
Stay salty :ok_hand: pic.twitter.com/Ybbn4mDVWa
- Gaddius Maximus (@GaddiusMaximus) October 10, 2021
It was not a "slow count" wilder went to the wrong corner smh.. pic.twitter.com/OZuxZZ1zEK
- Kunle Thomas (@Kingfrog25) October 10, 2021
Wilder, meanwhile, was the first to admit he wasn't at his best against The Gypsy King.
After the fight, he said: "'I did my best, but it wasn't good enough tonight. I'm not sure what happened. I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn't come in at 277 pounds to be a ballet dancer.
"He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded."
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