'Corruption': Joe Rogan's explosive claims about Tyson Fury fight

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Joe Rogan (pictured left) during UFC commentary and (pictured right) Tyson Fury after he was knocked down by Deontay Wilder.
Joe Rogan (pictured left) had his doubts over the alleged 'slow count' during the Tyson Fury (pictured right) and Deontay Wilder fight. (Getty Images)

UFC commentator and podcast giant Joe Rogan has labelled the controversial alleged 'slow count' for Tyson Fury in his recent bout against Deontay Wilder as either 'error or corruption'.

Fury was forced to dig deep after a determined Wilder charged out of the blocks in an attempt of revenge for his second fight defeat.

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Wilder (42-2-1) absorbed enormous punishment and appeared to be physically drained for much of the bout, but the veteran champion showed his toughness while still throwing power shots on weary legs.

Fury knocked down Wilder in the early rounds, before Wilder showed heart to stun the 'Gypsy King' twice in the fourth round.

The fourth round knockdowns caused controversy.

The undefeated heavyweight champion took his time to regain his composure before looking at the referee and getting to his feet.

However, some boxing fans became incensed and accused the referee of a slow count.

Commentator, and boxing great, Andre Ward said they 'extremely slow counts, on both of these knockdowns".

And Rogan has echoed Ward's thoughts, but made an explosive accusation.

Referee Russell Mora moves Deontay Wilder (pictured left) away from Tyson Fury (pictured right) after Wilder knocked Fury down.
Referee Russell Mora moves Deontay Wilder (pictured left) away from Tyson Fury (pictured right) after Wilder knocked Fury down. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

“The referee is supposed to go ‘One two…’ when the guy goes down. But if for any reason he has to interrupt the count… you’re supposed to pick up the count where the ringside counter has it,” Rogan said on his podcast, Joe Rogan Experience.

“So there’s a guy who’s counting ringside, and he’ll keep the count going. So if you’re at ‘One, two,’ and then you’re like ‘Go to a neutral corner,’ that guy is supposed to be like ‘three, four, five,’ but he didn’t.

“He went back to it, ‘three, four,’ but the guy had already been down for a couple seconds. Without a doubt it was a long count. I think it’s an error, or corruption. Most likely an error, most likely the guy’s panicking.”

Rogan went on to praise Fury for taking the right had of Wilder and still being able to get back to his feet, dominate the fight and put an end to the heavyweight trilogy.

Deontay Wilder thanks Tyson Fury

Ugly scenes followed the epic encounter between Fury and Wilder.

The 'Gypsy King' walked over to try and congratulate Wilder on the fight, with the Brit revealing that the 35-year-old refused to shake his hand.

Fury labelled the American a "coward" and a "sore loser" after claiming Wilder told him, 'I don't respect you' when he approached his rival's corner.

With so much bad blood between the pair in the lead-up to the fight, Wilder had initially refused to acknowledge his rival's triumph, saying he had no respect for the British heavyweight.

Wilder has now accepted that he was beaten by the better fighter for the second time, after taking to social media to reflect on the extraordinary contest.

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