Hall of fame boxing trainer turned analyst, Teddy Atlas, has given his verdict on the much-criticised fight between YouTuber, KSI, and professional boxer, Tommy Fury.
In a scrappy, dull affair which consisted mostly of holding, the judges awarded the unanimous-decision victory to Fury (57-56 x3), despite initially announcing the result as a majority decision.
KSI protested the judging, claiming he was ‘robbed’ and that the officials didn’t want to harm the sport by admitting that a professional boxer was defeated by a novice influencer. Plenty of boxing’s key figures, such as Chris Eubank Jr and Eddie Hearn, also sided with him.
Speaking on his podcast, Teddy Atlas said nobody who paid for the pay-per-view won, but did agree with the judges decision on the night.
“I was very surprised that Tommy Fury and his people did not have a better plan. I thought Fury won, I don’t know if it was clear, some people thought that maybe KSI won. I thought Fury won but it got to the point where it was like, who cares? That was the problem. Nobody won, at that point.
The future of doing these types of events may have been lost, and Tommy Fury will probably go back and have a chance at getting where he wants to get to, but his stock has dropped.”
Whether that is the end of Tommy Fury’s foray into influencer boxing remains to be seen, with the 24-year-old stating he wants no more of the ‘bulls**t’ that comes with it.
That being said, with potential big money rematches against KSI and Jake Paul, who could blame him for sticking around a little while longer.