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Why Tyson Fury Waited So Long To Get Up In 12th Round Against Deontay Wilder

Josh Lawless

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Why Tyson Fury Waited So Long To Get Up In 12th Round Against Deontay Wilder

We're all still trying to work out how Tyson Fury got up from that devastating punch from Deontay Wilder in the 12th round of the heavyweight clash at the Staples Center.

Wilder is widely regarded as the hardest hitter in boxing today and though he was outboxed by Fury, he caught him with a wicked shot in the final round and sent the Gypsy King crashing to the canvas.

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The 30-year old looked completely done and dusted and literally everyone watching must have thought it was lights out.

But at the very last second, Fury sat up and rose to his feet like The Undertaker. Wilder was already celebrating and his reaction when he saw his opponent get up was priceless.

And courtesy of Fury's promoter Frank Warren, it's emerged that he waited so long on purpose so that he didn't stand on wobbly legs.

"He showed what he was made of, even the knockdown, I thought it was all over in that twelfth round.

"Afterwards we spoke about it, and he said the reason he didn't get up so quickly - he said he couldn't quite feel his legs. He didn't want to get up and stand on wobbly legs and the referee stops it.

"The referee made it quite clear before the fight, he went to both fighters' dressing rooms and said that after the count of ten - and he got up at nine - after the fighters get up they will be told to walk three paces to their right and left, and back again.

"Both of them [Fury and Wilder] had their instructions and that's what Tyson did, he had the presence of mind to do that."

Image: PA
Image: PA

Fury, despite the two knockdowns, firmly believes he won the fight and says he was denied the greatest comeback in boxing history by the judges after they scored it a draw.

However, the WBC have now confirmed that he will get an instant rematch following a "unanimous agreement" from their Board of Directors.

Topics: Heavyweight boxing, Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Boxing, Deontay Wilder, WBC

Josh Lawless
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