Andre Ward says Tyson Fury was given ‘extremely slow count’ to recover from Deontay Wilder knockdown


Fury looked in serious trouble after being floored twice in the fourth round (Picture: Getty)

Tyson Fury benefited from an ‘extremely slow count’ when knocked to the mat by Deontay Wilder in their thrilling trilogy bout, according to Andre Ward.

Fury dropped Wilder in the third round of their WBC heavyweight title contest on Saturday in Las Vegas and appeared to be close to putting the American away early on.

Wilder roared back in the fourth however, sending ‘The Gypsy King’ to the mat twice in quick succession.

But as he did in their first meeting in December 2018, Fury recovered and went onto seal a devastating 11th round stoppage to close the book on their rivalry.

Some however have suggested referee Russell Mora gave the Briton too much time to recover while he was on the mat, with former super-middleweight king Ward insisting there was an ‘extremely slow count’ for both knockdowns.

Mora was also heard briefly breaking his 10 count to order Wilder back to his corner the second time he went down.

Former UFC heavyweight and light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier agreed with Ward’s assessment.

‘I agree with Andre Ward the count was crazy slow! He isn’t supposed to stop counting to tell Deontay to go to his corner.’

UFC lightweight star Dustin Poirier also tweeted: ‘That was a slow count, we gotta fight!’

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