'Deontay feels he won': Jay Deas interview
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In an exclusive interview with Boxing Monthly, Deontay Wilder's trainer Jay Deas gives his take on the Bronze Bomber's split decision draw against Tyson Fury on Saturday night...
From the moment Deontay Leshun Wilder walked into the Skyy gym in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2005 having never boxed before in his life, trainer, manager Jay Deas as been a constant in his career.
Deas has been alongside Wilder every step of the way on the incredible journey the 33-year-old heavyweight has made from novice amateur to Olympic bronze medal winner and then WBC heavyweight champion.
Saturday night's heavyweight showdown with lineal champion Tyson Fury saw Wilder keep hold of his WBC title in dramatic and controversial circumstances, as a final-round knockdown of Fury enabled him to snatch a split decision draw.
Deas, like Wilder himself, feels the chorus of disapproval in some quarters concerning the verdict is unfounded. "I don't score a fight when I'm working but I felt with the two knockdowns we had won it," Deas tells Boxing Monthly. "I thought it was close but that the second knockdown put us over the top.
"Deontay is fine physically. He wants to enjoy the holidays with his family and he's certainly earned that. Tyson and [trainer] Ben [Davison] have as well. Deontay feels, as I do, that he won no question. As it turns out, though, there were only winners in this fight with the main winners being the fans. Everyone who bought this got more than their money's worth and those that didn't missed out on a brilliant sporting night which showcased the best boxing has to offer!"
Turning our attention to the dramatic 12th and final round, Deas reveals what he told his charge in the corner before the round began. "I asked Deontay if he could give me a big round and he said he could. He always keeps his word and he definitely had a big round!"
Deas also admits that when Fury hit the canvas he was sure the contest had been won. "I thought the fight was over in the 12th. I don't know how he got up but all credit to him. He's a great fighter and he did what great fighters do!
"My assessment of Fury is no different than before the fight. He's a great fighter with a great team. He wanted to fight the best, as Deontay did, so they fought. Fury can do it all and that's why it's so impressive that Deontay fought Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury in the same year! No one [else] can claim that resume."
Regards a potential rematch, Deas claims that he sees no obstacles. "I would love to do a rematch. As somewhat of a boxing historian, rematches are a vital part of the sport and have produced some of the greatest fights of all time. Negotiations the first time around were straightforward, no games, so I see no reason why it wouldn't be the same.
"First, we all need to take a break and enjoy our families. Then we can sort out what's next."