As the fallout from the Wilder vs. Fury 2 fight continues, Wilder revealed the referee wasn’t fair in his opinion.

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“The referee told me specifically that if I hit him in the back of the head or hit him on the break, he’d disqualify me,” Wilder said to Yahoo Sports.

“But I guess that was only directed toward me, because he allowed Fury to do those things. That’s the one thing that bothered me of everything.”


Bayless grew up in Berkeley, California and, according to his website, was introduced to boxing via ABC’s Wide of World of Sports. He was hired by the Clark County, Nevada School District in 1972. It was then that he began to regularly attend fights.

Kenny was appointed as a professional referee in 1991, and in 1994, officiated his first world title fight.

He has been third man in the ring for thousands of bouts and over 100 title fights. He has refereed around the world–Japan, Thailand, Korea, the Philippines, China, Switzerland, Russia Mexico as well as the U.S. Kenny was inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014.

In short, Bayless is a pro.

The off chance that he showed bias towards Fury is very slim. However, the Wilder reveals gives insight into what went wrong for him on fight night.