‘SHOWED ME NOTHING’
REFEREE Kenny Bayless has revealed he was “very close” to calling off Tyson Fury’s pummelling of Deontay Wilder when the towel was thrown in.
Fury earned a TKO win and the WBC crown when he stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their blockbuster bout in Las Vegas last weekend.
The American has since blamed his heavy ring walk outfit for his sluggish performance and hinted he could sack trainer Mark Breland for throwing in the towel.
But Bayless says regardless of all that, Fury was so dominant that he was thinking of waving the contest off anyway.
Bayless told SiriusXM Fight Nation: “It was a good stoppage in my opinion because in the minute’s rest between rounds before the stoppage I went over to Deontay.
“I looked him in the face and I gave him the line that us referees give the fighters to let them know, ‘Hey, you’ve gotta show me something.’
“They know that if you go back out there and you don’t show me something, then I might have to do my job and stop it.
“Deontay is a warrior, when I saw the towel come in out of the corner of my eyes and stopped it, Deontay’s first response was, ‘Why did I stop it?’
“Then I let him know it was his corner that stopped it, but I was very close to stopping it.”
Source: The Sun UK