- PBC presents full fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury without Showtime commentary and scoring
PBC presents full fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury without Showtime commentary and scoring
At long last...here it is in all of its "high definition" splendor!!
Several weeks ago, it was reported by FightSaga.com that official copies of Wilder vs. Fury 1 had been pulled from every major search engine in the US, including Showtime's "On Demand" service, leaving interested fans unable to view the historic first meeting in its entirety.
As an answer to all curious critics and fans alike, Premier Boxing Champions uploaded all twelve rounds of action to its official YouTube channel on February 7th, exactly two weeks before both men are scheduled to tangle in the long-awaited rematch.
The first bout was initially broadcast by Showtime Sports at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on December 1st, 2018, and was originally called by the Showtime commentary team, featuring Mauro Ranallo, Al Bernstein, Paulie Malignaggi and Steve Farhood.
Although all twelve rounds are indeed available for every avid fight fan to view once again, it's missing one controversial element of the original broadcast...the official Showtime commentary. The new "blow by blow" commentary is now provided by professional ring announcer and ESPN Chicago anchor Ray Flores.
The original copy of the fight was pulled in large part due to the disparaging remarks made by former two-division world champion Paulie Malignaggi after the judges' verdict was announced, scoring the fight a questionable split draw.
Here are the controversial comments made by Paulie Malignaggi immediately following the twelve round contest:
“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 another day of his life in boxing."
"I don’t know what else to tell you. We’re looking at highlights of a fight we should be breaking down and 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, but then I’ve got to explain why the result went this way?"
"I don’t know what to tell you anymore. I can’t even do my own job.”
The judges at ringside scored the contest, (Phil Edwards) 113-113, (Robert Tapper) 112-114 for Fury, and (Alejandro Rochin) 115-111 for Wilder...resulting in an official split decision draw.
Obviously "The Magic Man" wasn't shy about calling out official Judge Alejandro Rochin of Mexico, and didn't attempt to hold anything back during the live broadcast of Wilder vs. Fury 1.
What's also been eliminated from the "PBC friendly" version of the first Wilder/Fury contest was the way Steve Farhood unofficially scored the bout from ringside.
In an interview conducted with Steve Farhood shortly after the fight aired, the Hall of Fame commentator and ringside analyst admitted that he felt Fury deserved to get the nod, although he didn't share his co-worker's opinion that the verdict was a blatant robbery.
"I think more people thought that Fury deserved the decision than thought Wilder deserved the decision," Farhood stated during an interview with "On The Ropes Boxing Radio" shortly after scoring the fight live on Showtime PPV.
"I’m not going to go out and call it an utter robbery. I know Paulie Malignaggi thought it was a robbery and couldn’t believe Rochin’s score, but I wouldn’t go that far because there were a lot of rounds where very little happened."
"I get it if some people scored some of those rounds for Wilder, but I definitely thought Fury deserved the decision."
While the always classy Steve Farhood didn't divulge his unofficial ringside score during the interview, which was 115-111 or 9 rounds to 3 in favor of Tyson Fury, he did state that the self-proclaimed Gypsy King did more than enough to earn a decision victory from the judges at ringside in his professional opinion.
Despite doing a solid job providing the "new and improved" overdubbed studio commentary for the twelve rounds of action, it's painfully obvious that Flores is highlighting Wilder's efforts with a stronger emphasis throughout the entire PBC presentation.
FightSaga.com's advice to all interested fight fans who wish to be reminded of the superb action from the Staples Center on December 1st, 2018, is to view the fight with the sound off and make up your own mind as to who really won the first meeting between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
It should get everyone excited for the scheduled rematch on Saturday, February 22nd!!