Bernstein: Fury Did Not Get Long Count, Wilder Rematch is 50-50

Showtime's veteran boxing broadcaster, Al Bernstein, was beyond impressed with Tyson Fury's performance in last month's world title fight with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

The contest, which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, ended in a controversial twelve round draw.

Fury put on one of his finest career performances and survived two vicious knockdowns. The majority of observers believed the lineal champion had done enough to beat Wilder.

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What impressed most observers, was Fury's ability to get back in top form - in only his third fight since June 2018 - after being inactive since November of 2015 and ballooning to nearly 400-pounds during the layoff.

"I mentioned during the fight that I’ve only seen two fighters who were off for that kind of layoff in which they suffered personal decline, one was Johnny Tapia who was out of the ring for several years with terrible drug abuse problems and he came back and he was better than he was before he left. I can say the same thing for Tyson Fury, who of course suffered drug addiction issues, mental health problems, and he came back and honestly he looked better than he did before," Bernstein told On The Ropes Boxing Radio.

"Deontay Wilder hung in there and registered those two knockdowns, the second of which looked for all the world like it was going to end the fight. It was an extraordinary night, and obviously there was much debate over the draw."

Bernstein, like many others, felt the fight was over in the twelfth and final round - when Fury was knocked down hard and was laying motionless on the canvas.

In what some felt was a miracle, Fury was able to beat the count. There have been some accusations over Fury receiving too much time to recover from that knockdown - a claim that Bernstein does not agree with.

While Wilder was a huge favorite to win the fight - based on the outcome of first contest Bernstein expects the rematch to be viewed as a 50-50 bout.

"Yeah, in my brain I thought, 'Oh my god, he’s not getting up from this.' But like Lazarus rising from the dead, he did. Afterwards with Paulie Malignaggi, we re-timed the knockdown, and I know some people are saying it was a long count, but I don’t think it really was. From the time the referee went to count on him, which wasn’t long after he got knocked down, we put a stopwatch to it and it was 9.5 seconds when he got up. I don’t really think he got a long count. I know some people think he did but it didn’t appear that way," Bernstein said.

"[Wilder] made the point that Fury had to be perfect for twelve rounds and he only had to be perfect for one second. That actually didn’t turn out to be true because he was perfect for two seconds when he scored those knockdowns and he couldn’t finish Tyson Fury. I think the rematch will go off as a 50-50 proposition."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Marvlus Marv on 01-07-2019

[QUOTE=The plunger man;19413002]so your classing wilder as good as mike Tyson ? Is that what your saying mr Hagler ?[/QUOTE] No, sir. Most definitely not. I'm saying the pure drama of both moments was quite literally epic. Tyson and Wilder…

Comment by TonyGe on 01-07-2019

[QUOTE=champion4ever;19414259]Outboxed? In what way? Tyson Fury wasn't throwing s[COLOR="Black"]hi[/COLOR]t. There were long stretches in that fight where Tyson wasn't doing s[COLOR="Black"]hi[/COLOR]t but posing to the camera showboating and not throwing enough punches. You can't win the championship that way.[/QUOTE] Yeah,…

Comment by champion4ever on 01-07-2019

[QUOTE=cameltoe;19414222]But you can for 11.5 rounds? FWIW I didn’t see an awful lot of running around the ring to run the clock down. I saw Wilder get comprehensively outboxed.[/QUOTE]Outboxed? In what way? Tyson Fury wasn't throwing s[COLOR="Black"]hi[/COLOR]t. There were long…

Comment by champion4ever on 01-07-2019

[QUOTE=Reverb;19413575]The one throwing Hail Marys all night can't improve. The boxer can adjust. Add that he couldn't finish him after that fact he was going backwards after it. If he couldn't finish him the first time, he's on slimmer…

Comment by cameltoe on 01-07-2019

[QUOTE=champion4ever;19413470]No, I think you are the one in denial. You can't move about the ring and run out the clock to avoid getting hit for twelve rounds straight without getting tired and getting nailed by one of Wilder's right hands.…

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