Boxing News At Five | Dec 05 2018

Boxing News at Five: Referee Reiss on Wilder vs. Fury ‘long count’, Khan says Joshua might be ‘scared’ of Wilder, Price wants Kuzmin rematch

Jack Reiss discusses the moment he counted Tyson Fury in the last round, and Amir Khan questions Anthony Joshua's desire to fight Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury - WBC World Heavyweight Title  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

IT’S rare that all three men in a boxing ring come away from a fight with credit but this was certainly the case on Saturday night (December 1), when Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury produced a memorable heavyweight encounter and Jack Reiss, the referee, expertly facilitated the drama.

We know the reasons why Wilder and Fury deserve credit: Wilder deserves credit for somehow turning the tables late, when dropping Fury in rounds nine and 12, to salvage a draw, while Fury deserves credit for winning the majority of the rounds, making Wilder look one-dimensional and cumbersome, and for somehow going the distance despite the heaviest of knockdowns in the final round.

But what about Jack Reiss, the referee? Well, in the end, his performance, so calm and clear-headed, was as responsible for the fight turning out the way it did as the right hands of Wilder and the recuperative powers of Fury.