The night Tyson Fury ‘lost’ against journeyman boxer in bout branded ‘travesty’

Tyson Fury looks as close to unbeatable as any fighter in boxing right now – but many felt his 0 should have been breached all the way back in 2009.

Fury, who reigns supreme as the No.1 heavyweight on the planet following his knockout win over Deontay Wilder last month, was expected to get past slugger John McDermott (25-5) with ease in his eighth professional outing.

Instead, the English-title clash very much resembled boy against man at the Brentwood Centre Arena, Essex, where McDermott, 29 at the time and reeling from back-to-back defeats, rocked his 21-year-old opponent with a series of clubbing shots throughout.

The seasoned heavyweight demonstrated the gulf in experience between them over 10 startling rounds, in which Fury was consistently beaten to the jab and hammered with right hands.

As the fight reached the championship rounds, the general consensus amongst reporters, commentators and fans at ringside was that Fury, a 1-6 favourite beforehand, had fallen significantly behind on the scorecards.

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Even his corner could be heard telling him before the final round that he was trailing on points, a frank assessment which sparked a valiant effort from their man in that closing session.

Despite Fury's resurgence, by that point McDermott should have been far enough ahead to ensure his late really meant little when the final bell sounded.

What followed, however, was one of the most controversial results in British boxing history, as referee Terry O'Connor, tasked with scoring the bout while running the rule over both men in the ring, raised Fury's hand as the winner.

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The Guardian branded it a "travesty", a "diabolical verdict" and a "robbery of the highway variety".

Sky Sports commentator Jim Watt also said: "I don't agree with that, I'm sorry.

"Ok, judging a fight is a matter of opinion and I think Tyson Fury tightened things up in the last couple of rounds, but McDermott for me most of the way through was the man in the driving seat producing the quality punches.

"I feel so sorry for him, he couldn't have given any more.

"I've complimented Fury all the way through, I'm not gonna say anything about him now. He's not the judge.

"The stats certainly agree with us, but I really feel strongly that McDermott won the fight."

Fans inside the Brentwood Centre jeered when O'Connor's decision was announced, making their displeasure known after watching McDermott outwork Fury for large parts of the contest.

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And the young prospect's parting comments didn't exactly do him any favours, as he boldly insisted: "Yeah I deserved it, I worked very hard for that. I had to dig so deep for that.

"John McDermott was a lot harder than I thought he'd ever be, all credit to him.

"But I thought I worked the hardest throughout the fight and I deserved to win."

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McDermott, meanwhile, could not come to terms with the decision in an emotional post-fight interview.

"What have I got to do to win here? I'm a nice guy, I don't put people down. I'm a nice, genuine guy," he bemoaned.

"He's the one shouting his mouth off. Maybe he's a nice guy down to earth, but he's the one with the big mouth and I get penalised for it."

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An improved Fury granted McDermott a rematch nine months later, and on that occasion there could be no quarrels when he forced a stoppage in round nine.

Almost 11 years on, he now sits on top the heavyweight throne and remains undefeated after another 21 outings.

Though McDermott, who only boxed for another three years before hanging up the gloves, still insists that shouldn't be the case to this day.

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