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Missed opportunity

Associated Press



NEW YORK — Deontay Wilder fired his right hand out from his body, demonstrating the way he should have punched Tyson Fury.

He was frustrated with the referee. Disappointed in Floyd Mayweather Jr. Angry with Showtime’s scorer.

Mostly, Wilder was mad at himself.

Five days later, the World Boxing Confederation heavyweight champion was still bothered by the way he fought in his draw with Fury on Saturday night in Los Angeles.

“Fury was everything I expected him to be. It’s not what Fury did; it’s what I didn’t do,” Wilder said Thursday.

“You’ve seen the best of Fury, you didn’t see the best of me.”

“I wanted to end the show with a devastating knockout and I got too excited.”

Wilder (40-0-1) watched the full fight for the first time during a lunch that was used to provide footage for an all-access look at the fight that will run Saturday after Showtime airs the replay.

He was still amazed that Fury got up from a powerful combination that sent him flat on his back in the 12th round, but believed Fury (27-0-1) benefited from a break from referee Jack Reiss.

“Look at him! Niiiiine,” Wilder said, imitating what he felt was a dramatically long count from Reiss to allow Fury to get up and finish the fight.

Still, Wilder believed the knockdown, his second of the fight, had allowed him to clinch the victory.

He said he didn’t regret not trying harder to finish Fury afterward, because he thought the win was secured.

“If it was close, that knockdown, I feel like it put me on top,” Wilder said.

Only one of the judges agreed, with one scoring the bout for Fury and another having it 113-113.

That was much closer than Showtime scorer Steve Farhood, who gave only one of the first eight rounds to Wilder on his card that fans watching the fight could see after each round.

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