Fury over Tyson verdict

McDermott left stunned by decision, promoter Maloney hits out at ref

Last Updated: 12/09/09 1:04pm

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Tyson Fury became the English heavyweight champion in just his eighth fight with a controversial points success over John McDermott.

"Why do I want to be in the business when you're getting robbed? At least Dick Turpin has a mask on when he robs you"
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The giant 21-year-old was awarded the bout 98-92 by referee Terry O'Connor, a verdict that left many at ringside stunned.

McDermott was certainly surprised by the outcome as he felt he had been the better fighter throughout the gruelling 10-rounder.

Having been unimpressed by being called 'McMuffin' by his rival in the build up, 'Big Bad John' battled bravely to try and claim the belt in front of his home crowd at the Brentwood Centre in Essex.


Afterwards both fighters insisted they would be happy to do it all again to sort out any doubts over the outcome of the first fight.

"I deserved it - I worked very hard for that," Fury told Sky Sports. "John McDermott was a lot harder than I thought he'd be, all credit to him.

"But I thought I worked the harder throughout the fight and I deserved to win. If he wants a re-match, let's get it on. I will stop him next time."

McDermott was also keen for a second showdown with his compatriot having been told by his corner he was "at least four rounds ahead" when the two came together for the final round.

The 29-year-old had been forced to wade through Fury's impressive jab in the opening rounds, though he did land some heavy over-hand rights of his own.

At the end of the first the pair threatened to carry on after the bell, standing eyeball-to-eyeball before the referee and members of both corners managed to force their way between the pair.

As the bout wore on, McDermott began to force his way inside, landing a solid right in the eighth as he took his rival into unknown territory. It still wasn't enough though to see him crowned champion.

Nicked it

"Going into the last round my corner told me 'John, you're at least four rounds in front'. I thought the last round was level...I thought I nicked it (the fight)," he said.

"What have I got to do to win it? I'm a nice gentle guy, he's the one with the big mouth and I've been penalised for it. I'll have a rematch."

His promoter, Frank Maloney, certainly pulled no punches in his appraisal of referee O'Connor's performance.

"I'm sure I will be called up before the (British Boxing) Board for my behaviour but Terry O'Connor is a disgrace to British boxing for what he's done here tonight," he added.

"Why do I want to be in the business when you're getting robbed? At least Dick Turpin has a mask on when he robs you."

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