Nevada State Athletic Commission made a wise move regarding the upcoming rematch between two of the best current heavyweights in boxing – Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
The highly expected second clash between the pair will take place in Las Vegas on February 22, approximately 15 months after their first fight.
The initial clash took place in Los Angeles and ended in a controversial draw, as both fighters said after the fight they should be winners. According to the WBC champion, Fury got KO’d but Jack Reiss got him a slow 10 count and the bout should have been stopped in the 12th. The Brit’s claims were way more substantial. He dominated his American adversary throughout the majority of the 12 rounds, but surprisingly he didn’t get the nod.
Now NSAC is taking steps in making sure there are no disgruntled parties.
According to Bob Arum, the show’s co-promoter, the Nevada commission has agreed to supply a list of at least three possible referees and 10-12 judges to both camps. They will then be allowed to strike off any names they are unhappy with.
“Bob Bennett [the NSAC executive director] promised me everybody will be satisfied,” Arum said. “The truth is, unlike what happened last time, the judges here are not going to matter. If it goes to a decision, Fury wins the fight. If it goes to a knockout, the judges don’t matter.”
While the referee will be from Nevada, the judging panel will be neutral – there will either be one judge from the United States, one from the UK and one from elsewhere, or all three judges could come from neutral territories.