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Malignaggi Sums Up Well Ridiculousness Of Fury Vs Wilder Decision

Malignaggi Sums Up Well Ridiculousness Of Fury Vs Wilder Decision

Deontay Wilder retained his WBC world heavyweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday night after fighting to a split draw against Tyson Fury.

Fury dominated the fight but Wilder scored two knockdowns, including one the in the final round from which the Englishman somehow rose.

Still, it appeared that Fury had done enough having outboxed the American over the 12 rounds. He continuously made Wilder miss while also landing the more significant punches.

Outrageously, judge Alejandro Rochin scored the fight 115-111 to Wilder. Robert Trapper had it 114-112 to Fury while British judge, Phil Edwards, had it 113-113.

Speaking on Showtime's coverage of the fight, former welterweight world champion, Paulie Malignaggi, summed up the ridiculousness of the result.

"Guys, I don't even care about any of these replays - I really don't - because they matter nothing. This decision is a joke. Alejandro Rochin better never work a day in his life again in boxing.

"I don't know what to tell you. We're looking at highlights of a fight and breaking down why the result is the way it is but I can't tell you why the result is the way it is. We're looking at certain highlights and then I have to explain to you why the result ended a way it shouldn't have. I don't know what to tell you anymore, I can't even do my own job."

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On BT Sport's coverage, former heavyweight world champion, Lennox Lewis, said prior to the fight that it would be a split draw.

"Let me tell you, it happened to me and I knew it was going to happen to him," said Lewis.

"You're right, everybody could see who won. Boxing definitely won. Tyson Fury won the fight, to me - he was leading on all cards. I think Deontay boxed terribly.

"You say the guy has a great right hand but he wasn't able to put it to bed until the last few rounds."

Watch: Fury Rises From Dead In 12th As Wilder Fight Somehow Ends In Draw

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