On Saturday night, Tyson Fury stepped into the ring with WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder. Despite being the underdog heading into the fight, the Brit dominated the majority of the contest, save the eighth and 12th rounds when he was dropped by his powerful opponent.
Despite his success throughout the fight, Tyson Fury was not announced the winner. Instead, the bout was ruled a draw, which means both fighters will leave Los Angeles with their undefeated records still intact.
Fury, of course, did not agree with this outcome. Like many onlookers, he felt he’d done enough to win, and was pretty disappointed with the judges’ decision. Based on his post-fight interview in the ring, however, you wouldn’t know it.
Fury did not complain about the decision until the post-fight press conference, and it turns out there was a reason for that. He was worried about inciting a riot.
“I think everybody should be thankful to Tyson for being so professional under his conduct, when we all know sitting in this room who won the fight,” his trainer Ben Davison said. “He also could have caused a riot if he kicked off about that scorecard.”
“So really he is owed a thank you for being a professional and do it under that conduct,” Davison added.
Tyson Fury agreed with his coach, confirming that he was worried what might happen if he made a stink in the ring.
“I was telling my brothers and my family to keep quiet. There were about eight thousand travelers and Brits who have come from around the world, 10 thousand,” Fury said. “They probably would have smashed this arena up if I would have instigated it. I mean to the floor.”
“I just wanted to be an ambassador for my country and my people,” he added.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 12/2/2018.