Deontay Wilder kept a big secret ahead of his Tyson Fury showdown  12/04/2018 19:40:42 

The 33-year-old battled to a controversial draw with the Brit on Sunday (AEDT), with many believing the Gypsy King should have been crowned the new WBC champion, The Sun reports.

Wilder was widely believed to be behind points, despite knocking Fury down twice, but the three judges were split on the result.

Read: Fury for Fury after controversial decision

But now the American has claimed he broke his arm just 12 weeks before he began training for the showdown.

According to talkSPORT, Wilder told reporters on the streets of Los Angeles after the fight: “Twelve weeks before camp I broke my (right) arm. We kept that a secret.

“I had surgery and everything. All the way up here I got cut.

“I was sparring, just getting ready and I was getting the best of my sparring partner.

“I was going to the body and he turned. His elbow was out. My bones and his elbow went in like a hammer to a nail and it just broke it.”

Wilder decided to keep the blow quiet and insists he is not using it as an excuse now the fight is over.

Wilder had an interrupted preparation.
Wilder had an interrupted preparation.Source: Getty Images

Although he does claim it had a huge impact on his preparations, saying: “We wanted to keep that sowed up, we don’t make excuses.

“I barely threw any (right hand) punches my whole entire camp.”

Meanwhile Wilder has opened the door to a rematch and is adamant he wants to settle the score with Fury once and for all.

He posted a social media message saying: “The fans are the real winner and I can’t wait for #WilderFury2. To end the controversial talk around the world once and for all.

“It was an amazing fight and I wanted nothing but greatness to come from this. The fight lived up to the hype more than ever.

“You saw the best Fury but you did not get the best Wilder and I still managed to get the job done. We won this fight.

“To beat the champion you must dominate the champ and to me I was the more aggressive fighter and landed the more effective punches.”


Fury believed he won the fight.
Fury believed he won the fight.Source: AFP

One of the more frustrating arguments in the wake of the controversial draw between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has been debunked.

After the judges couldn’t separate the two heavyweights in Sunday’s world title fight, some Wilder supporters — and the WBC champ himself — argued Fury should have been counted out when he hit the canvas following a devastating left hook in the 12th round.

Despite a masterful performance by referee Jack Reiss, who handled the knockdown perfectly by ensuring Fury was given time to show he was fit to continue the fight, he was accused of a long count.

“I don’t want to take nothing away from the fight but like I said, I’ve got a few questions that I ask myself that are circulating around, about the count,” Wilder said in his post-fight press conference. “Fury was laid out and it was like they hesitated a little bit or whatever.”

Not only do those arguments miss the point (it’s a 10-count, not a 10-second time limit), they’re also incorrect as proven by this video, which shows Fury was up in under 10 seconds anyway.

It’s not anywhere near as close a call as some of the more controversial long counts in boxing history. James “Buster” Douglas was timed as being down for as long as 13.65 seconds before recovering to knock out Mike Tyson in 1990.

It’s not the only piece of evidence pointing to what should have been a Fury victory either.

Punch statistics released by CompuBox show the lineal champion outlanded Wilder overall (84-71), including more jabs (46-40) and power shots (38-31). He connected more times that Wilder in nine of the 12 rounds.

Fury was also far more accurate and efficient, landing a higher percentage of his total punches (26 per cent to Wilder’s 17 per cent), jabs (21 per cent to 16 per cent) and power shots (37 per cent to 17 per cent).

“Wilder landed just 17 per cent of his power shots after landing 55 per cent in his previous eight fights,” CompuBox said. “Fury limited Wilder to 71 total connects (six per round) … (the) heavyweight average is 15 landed per round.”

It’s worth continuing to stress two of the judges’ scorecards — one who scored it 114-112 to Fury and the other who scored it a 113-113 draw — were completely defensible.

But the 115-111 in Wilder’s favour remains a headscratcher.

With Jai Bednall,

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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