Referee Reiss Explains Why He Allowed Tyson Fury To Continue

The biggest topic in the sport is the aftermath of last Saturday's heavyweight clash between WBC world champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Tyson Fury.

The contest, which saw Fury go down twice, ended in a controversial twelve round split draw at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

One of the most debated topics is the twelfth round, where Fury was knocked down hard and appeared to be completely out on the mat.

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Most observers, including Wilder, assumed the fight was over.  

Referee Jack Reiss did not stop the fight and instead issued a count. At around the count of 5-6, Fury unexpectedly began to get up and made it to his feet by the count of 9.

Reiss took a brief moment to ensure Fury was physically capable of defending himself, and then he allowed the fighter to continue.

Fury stunned everyone by coming back strong and landing some good punches of his own in the round.

"I was evaluating these guys throughout the whole fight (and) in the 12th round, they'd boxed their hearts out, threw a lot of punches but there wasn't a lot of heavy damage taken by either guy," he told SiriusXM Boxing.

"They both moved into the 12th round tired but not extremely hurt. When (Fury) got hit and he went down hard, that was an unbelievable knockdown. Two things went through my mind - No 1 always count a champion out and No 2 give this guy the benefit of the doubt and let's see how he still is. So when I went down to count... not only did I get down, I scooted in so he could see my hand and hear my voice.

"I said three, four... he was grimacing, his eyes and his cheeks, he was grimacing so I knew he was awake and then when I said five his eyes popped open like I startled him. He rolled over and got up and said "I'm OK! Jack I'm OK" or whatever he said. I said, 'Do you want to continue?', he said 'Yes' and put his arms on my shoulders. I pushed his arms off and said walk over there, come back to me and show me you're OK. He did and we let it go.

"It is the referee's opportunity to make sure the fighter who is hurt can intelligently defend himself because you're about let a guy come hurtling across the ring and finish this guy. People started making them walk in a straight line, any drunk can walk in straight line. Doctors taught us it is hard to hide things are off when they have to change direction. That's what I was doing."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by revelated on 12-06-2018

[QUOTE=Rip Chudd;19332349]The Ward vs Kovlev stoppage was trash but I had not problem with the Angulo stoppage. As I said Angulo was able to land with nothing on his punches, Canelo didn't regard his punches at all, he was taking…

Comment by !! Shawn on 12-06-2018

[QUOTE=Rip Chudd;19332349]The Ward vs Kovlev stoppage was trash but I had not problem with the Angulo stoppage. As I said Angulo was able to land with nothing on his punches, Canelo didn't regard his punches at all, he was taking…

Comment by Nomar on 12-06-2018

This referee should officiate all of Joshua's fighs...

Comment by DramaShow on 12-06-2018

Does he even need to explain himself to the pathetic wilder fanboys?

Comment by aboutfkntime on 12-06-2018

waaaaah the judges waaaaah no, wait..... that one didn't work already waaaaah the referee waaaaah [IMG][/IMG] :lol1::lol1:

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