Tyson Fury pulled out a gritty decision win tonight over Otto Wallin in Las Vegas, taking the fight on scores of 116-112, 117-111, and 118-110. The scores may not accurately reflect the toughness of the battle, particularly the latter two (or at least the 118-110 card), but the decision isn’t particularly controversial.
Still, let’s take a look at how the judges got to their totals.
Tim Cheatham gave only the sixth and 12th rounds to Wallin, resulting in his 10-2 tally for Fury. Having Fury up 5-0 after the first five rounds seems outrageous to me, but Cheatham would probably say the same about me having Wallin up 4-1 after the first five rounds, and being fair, neither of the other two judges saw it my way, either.
Through five, Eric Cheek had Wallin down 3-2, giving him the first two rounds, and Don Trella had him down 3-2, as well, giving Wallin the third and fifth frames.
I had Fury sweeping the seventh to 11th rounds, as did Cheatham and Trella. Cheek, who scored it 117-111 for Fury, gave Tyson the third through 11th rounds.