The world heavyweight title fight ended controversially on Sunday morning, when the judges scored it a draw – despite large portions of fans and pundits scoring the fight in Fury’s favour.
Fury, however, was knocked down twice, including a brutal near-knockout in the final round.
The ‘Gyspy King’ was given the full 10-count to get to his feet, but some viewers were quick to point out that Reiss’ count was apparently ‘slow’.
Fury said: “He said to me, ‘if you get knocked down, I won’t stop the fight’.
“He said, ‘I’ll tell you to step to the left and step to the right. If you can do that and you tell me you’re alright then I won’t stop the fight’.”
Reiss has given his reasoning on why the fight wasn’t stopped and whether that count was delayed or not.
“If there was earlier, heavier damage and (Fury) had been hurt. Then he fell like that and hit his head, I would have waived it off,” Reiss told Sirius XM Boxing Radio.
“But the fight was so close. The magnitude of the fight, I’ve always been taught to count a champion out.
“I wanted to give him every opportunity, so I took my time. Not that I stalled the count like these knuckleheads are saying.”
It got to the count of six before Fury showed any signs of getting up and within three seconds, the Mancunian had risen to his feet, much to the surprise of fans in attendance.
“I was patient and I went down to make sure what I was doing was correct,” Reiss added.
“I want to do what’s best for boxing and I always want to do what’s best for boxing.”
Because of the outcome, calls for a rematch have already been mooted by the fighters and their camps.
Fury, for the most part, dominated the fight, utilising his jab and throwing combinations, while Wilder looked for the knockout.
The Bronze Bomber registered two knockdowns but many didn’t think it was enough to secure a win.
The judges scorecards read 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 to Fury – and English judge Phil Edwards scored it even 113-113.