By Lem Satterfield
After Saturday night’s WBC heavyweight title defense by Deontay Wilder, who scored two-knockdowns during a draw with lineal champion Tyson Fury, BoxingScene.com sought the scores of 14 boxing insiders.
The 6-foot-7 “Bronze Bomber” (40-0-1, 39 KOs) scored ninth and 12th-round knockdowns against the 6-foot-9 “Gypsy King” (27-0-1, 19 KOs) at The Staples Center in Los Angeles on Showtime Pay-Per-View.
Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight for Fury, 114-110, Alejandro Rochin had it for Wilder, 115-11, and Phil Edwards had it even, 113-113.
Mike Coppinger, RingTV.com (116-110, Tyson Fury)
Steve Farhood, Showtime (115-111, Tyson Fury)
Norm Frauenheim, 15Rounds.com (113-113)
It was a fight that exceeded expectations. Both fighters were a surprise. Nobody thought Fury would or could get up, especially for a 12th-round knockdown. Wilder is at his best when pushed to the brink of defeat.
Andreas Hale, Sporting News (113-113) - Although Fury was brilliant defensively, the early rounds were far from definitive and could have gone Wilder’s way off of sheer activity.
The two dramatic knockdowns saved Wilder from defeat on my card. This was far from a robbery and the right decision in the most important heavyweight fight on American soil since Lewis-Tyson in 2002.
Keith Idec, BoxingScene.com (114-112, Tyson Fury)
Kevin Iole, YahooSports.com (113-113)
I thought Fury was clearly the better boxer, but he wasn’t active enough. And while I vehemently disagree that Wilder won the first four rounds, I also disagree with the contention I’ve heard that Fury dominated those rounds. There wasn’t a lot to pick from in a lot of rounds.
Paulie Malignaggi, Showtime (115-111, Tyson Fury)
Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times (114-112, Deontay Wilder)
Dan Rafael, ESPN.com (114-112, Deontay Wilder)
John Raspanti, MaxBoxing.com (114-112, Tyson Fury) - I scored the fight for Fury. Other than the two knockdowns, I thought Fury controlled bout, utilizing his quick hands and feet.
Cliff Rold, BoxingScene.com (114-112, Tyson Fury) - I had it 8-4 for Fury. I thought Fury out-boxed and at times outclassed him through much of the night, winning five of the first eight and splitting the last third of the fight. Its hard to get to five rounds for Wilder; it seems impossible to get to seven. Rochin has a similarly baffling score in Danny Garcia-Mauricio Herrera too.
Mike Rosenthal, BoxingScene.com (113-113) - I don’t believe that was a robbery, as Fury supporters are suggesting. Wilder definitely won rounds 10-through-8. It’s not a stretch to say that Fury won seven of the remaining 10. That makes it a draw.
Joe Santoliquito, RingTV.com (113-113) - I was surprised how nimble Tyson Fury was and how inaccurate Deontay Wilder was. There is no controversy here. Wilder's two knockdowns balances out Fury's points he accumulated by outgoing Wilder in portions of the fight.
Bob Velin, Premiere Boxing Champions (114-112, Deontay Wilder) - I had it for Wilder, the difference being the ninth and 12th, the 10-8 rounds. I had each guy winning six rounds. The reason I gave that many rounds to Wilder is that I liked his aggressiveness throughout the fight.
Though he missed a lot of punches, he was going after it. Wilder obviously hurt Fury at least twice. While I think Wilder was buzzed at least once, and was gassed the last few rounds, he was pressing the action and should’ve won by 12th-round KO.
Total: 6 for Tyson fury, 3 for Deontay Wilder, 5 even.