The Ring have defended their decision to push Tyson Fury ahead of Deontay Wilder in their updated rankings after the pair’s thrilling showdown last weekend.
Even now, just under a week removed from the fight itself, the controversial decision to score a fight as a draw is still debated – or more often than not – criticised by the overwhelming majority of people who saw it otherwise.
Tyson Fury won that fight.
The arguments that Wilder did enough to take home a stalemate on the cards aren’t anywhere close to watertight but yet again, we find ourselves with another high-profile instance of dodgy judging in the sport of boxing.
Esteemed publication The Ring weren’t about to let this get in the way of pushing Tyson Fury ahead of Deontay Wilder in their official rankings.
Associate Editor Tom Gray had the following to say on the decision (via The Ring’s official website):
“Fury, by overwhelming consensus, won that fight. I do not have the monopoly on the truth, but I have encountered ‘three’ people who felt differently. Forget subjective scoring. Forget the usual drivel that gets spouted on social media in an attempt to avoid the obvious – Wilder lost and poll averages I’ve seen favor Fury 75/25. By not acknowledging who ‘won’ the draw, we effectively endorse the 115-111 card that was submitted by an inept judge who had the temerity to give Wilder the first four rounds. That is absolutely ‘disgusting.’
“Fury has a better resume and he won the fight. Why should Wilder be above him because Christmas came early? Our decision should be based on who we thought won that fight on points.
“To put it another way, if Joshua-Wilder gets announced next week (that’s never happening), would you be okay with The Ring title being at stake? I certainly wouldn’t. Wilder was exposed, outclassed and saved by blind mice. If I sound pissed, then it’s because I am. And patriotism (and please remember I’m Scottish) doesn’t have a damn thing to do with it.
“One, I should have seen the draw coming, just like I did with Canelo-GGG, and won some money. Two, we should be celebrating a ‘brilliant’ comeback performance. This debate should not even be happening.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena