Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr showed exactly why the decision to award a draw in the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder showdown was so controversial.
The undefeated former World Champion is widely regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters to ever grace the ring.
He was ringside at the Staples Centre for the Fury-Wilder showdown and was asked for his views of the fight in between the fifth and sixth rounds on Showtime.
Despite his allegiances to fellow American fighter Wilder , Mayweather admitted he had the bout scored 5-0 to Fury at that stage due to his superior boxing skills.
In stark contrast, judge Alejandro Rochin had Wilder 4-1 ahead at that stage, with his scorecard, scored 115-111 in favour of Wilder, proving decisive.
“Wilder, he’s depending just on one shot,” Mayweather said after the fifth round. “He’s looking for one big shot, and as a fighter you have to use other weapons.
Fury’s landing combinations and has a very, very fast jab. He’s taking his time.
“I think if Deontay Wilder doesn’t do something else, Fury is going to win if it goes the distance.”
When asked how he scored the fight at that stage, he stated: “5-0, so far.
“Deontay Wilder, a hell of a fighter. I love Deontay Wilder.
“Fury, a very unorthodox boxer.”
Wilder’s two late knockdowns undoubtedly swung the tide in his favour, but if you agree with Mayweather’s early assessment of a 5-0 lead early on, then it’s hard to make a case for putting Wilder ahead on the scorecards.
It appears Rochin’s controversial judgement of the early rounds was what cost Fury, with immediate calls for a rematch to find a winner once and for all.