Wilder vs Fury: PBC pulls official broadcast of complete first fight from internet
Yes, the fight took place over a year ago. And yes, since December of 2018, many die-hard fight fans have attempted to play "revisionist-historian", making it seem as if the hard-hitting WBC titlist performed better than he actually did.
Yes, the three judges at ringside officially scored the 12 round affair a split decision draw; Alejandro Rochin seemed to score the bout most accurately with a 115-111 card in favor of Tyson Fury. Although one could potentially make a case for a 113-113 scorecard, it would be difficult to convince any unbiased observer that Wilder did enough to earn a final tally of 114-112...which ultimately equates to 6 rounds for each fighter with an extra two points taken from Fury's scorecards as a result of the two knockdowns.
Did anyone realistically see Deontay Wilder win six rounds on December 1st, 2018?
Despite flooring the lineal champ twice, respectively in rounds nine and twelve, Wilder was thoroughly outboxed and outclassed for the great majority of the contest. Although the rotund 256-pound heavyweight hadn't fought against world-class competition since 2015, the Gypsy King was indeed the better boxer that night and appeared to be the epitome of ring-generalship.
Fury stood in the pocket throughout the great majority of the contest and continuously made his much harder hitting opponent miss, and miss badly. And, yes...Wilder admitted that he broke his left hand leading up to the highly anticipated contest, which surely had to make it virtually impossible to set up his vaunted straight right hand.
Be that as it may, it was virtually impossible to ignore the reality that Tyson thoroughly outclassed the very flat-footed, and amateurish reigning WBC champion.
No, it wasn't a performance as one-sided as Joe Calzaghe's masterclass against former Olympian Jeff Lacy over a decade ago.
But it wasn't nearly as competitive as most Wilder fans or fighters on the PBC payroll would lead you to believe.
Well, one could always go back and view a replay of the first fight between Wilder and Fury in its entirety on YouTube, Vimeo, or Showtime Sports "On Demand" to make sure, right?
PBC has pulled official copies of "the evidence" from most popular video search engines, including Showtime On Demand, YouTube, Vimeo and other off-sites that carried copies of the first Wilder/Fury bout like "All the Best Fights.com".
The only visible versions of the pairing in its entirety are "bootleg" copies from fans who recorded the action while viewing the fight live at the Staples Center on the evening of December 1st, 2018. Unfortunately, official and clear versions of the fight are nowhere to be found online within US search engines.
British fight fans can still enjoy the first meeting between Wilder and Fury in the UK, via BT Sport, but unfortunately, their links are not viewable in America.
All interested parties want fans to see the mere "highlights" of the first meeting, which consistently accentuate the two knockdowns late in the fight.
It seems that PBC, FOX, ESPN and Top Rank would like everyone to forget how lopsided of an affair their first fight actually was.
Can anyone blame them?
Realistically, how could PBC and Top Rank do their jobs and promote a rematch without constantly pushing propaganda onto fans and media members as to how great and competitive the first meeting was between the two best heavyweights in the world?
But was it really that competitive? Absolutely not.
It's hard to ignore how the first fight was largely one-sided and almost embarrassing for the reigning WBC titleholder. Yes, fight fans finally witnessed great drama with the knock-down from Wilder in the final round. But even upon being floored and almost knocked out in the twelfth stanza, Tyson Fury rose from the canvas and dominated the remaining two minutes of the fight.
No...PBC doesn't want anyone to remember any of that.
All they would like anyone to recall are the two knock-downs and the final scorecards from the judges at ringside.
As a result, PBC defies anyone to find a clear, official copy of the first meeting between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury on the internet.
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