Deontay Wilder has accused both the referee and commentators of showing favouritism to Tyson Fury during their first fight.
The eagerly-anticipated heavyweight world title fight ended in a controversial draw last December, despite Wilder sending Fury to the canvas twice.
Fury memorably rose from the brink of defeat after a heavy knockdown in the 12th round and Wilder felt the referee that night, Jack Reiss, was generous with his count.
‘I’m 41-0 and 40 KOs; forget the draw because that was no draw, I knocked him out,’ Wilder told Seconds Out.
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‘Jack Reiss showed favouritism, he had an emotional connection to Fury because of his story, along with everyone else. Jack Reiss said he went off the spirit of boxing, not the rules. His job is to count; when you see Fury getting up, he didn’t start counting immediately.
‘As Fury gets up, you can see him pausing… you’ve got to count him out. That was all emotional, all those things add up and people think he won… he didn’t win.”
The WBC champion has also maintained he won the bout and feels biased commentary from Showtime had an impact on how viewers scored it.
“You know why? I beat Fury. The first four rounds was me winning easy,” said Wilder.
“The 5th round was a tossup. The only way people move that narrative [that Fury deserved a win over Wilder] like that is because of the commentary [from Showtime’s commentators]. The commentators by Showtime, Paulie Malignaggi, all of them, especially Paulie. And [Steve] Farhood’s scorecard, come on.