Ex-MMA star Cormier accuses ref of "crazy slow count" after Fury knocked down

Retired MMA fighter Daniel Cormier has accused referee Russell Mora of giving Tyson Fury too much time to get back onto his feet after the Gypsy King retained his WBC belt, beating Deontay Wilder.

Fury won after knocking out his opponent in the 11th-round in what was a thrilling contest of boxing at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The Gypsy King had before knocked down the Bronze Bomber in round three and the 10th round before he sealed the victory.

But Wilder did put the holding champion down twice in round four.

Fury managed to get back to his feet – but Cormier believed that the ref's count was too slow.

Cormier tweeted: "The count was crazy slow. (The referee) isn't supposed to stop counting to tell Deontay to go to his corner."

Dustin Poirier also had his say, tweeting: 'That was a slow count… we gotta fight!!"

Fury had sent his opponent sprawling along the floor in the third round but Wilder managed to land two tremendous right hands to interrupt his flow.


Wilder hung on all the way to the 10th round when Fury knocked him down. But it was the 11th that Bomber was sent back down to the canvas for good.

"I was down a couple of times, I was hurt, Wilder is a strong puncher," said Fury via BBC Sport.

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"It was a great fight. I will not make any excuses, Wilder is a top fighter, he gave me a run for my money. I always say I am the best fighter in the world and he is the second-best

"Don't ever doubt me. When the chips are down I can always deliver."

After holding onto his title, the question now remains who will be facing up against the Gyspy King next.

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