Deontay Wilder lost his title last Sunday in one of the most high-profile fights of the year to Tyson Fury. Ahead of the fight, both fighters had superstar like entrance to the ring.
Tyson Fury entered the ring carried like a king and Deontay Wilder had all-black outfit which he said he wore to represent black history month. The costume had LED lights as well and it weighed a whopping 40-pounds.
Wilder has blamed his loss on his outfit which according to him made his legs weak.
“He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me,” Wilder told Yahoo Sports in a recent interview. “I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight. In the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through. But I’m a warrior and people know that I’m a warrior. It could easily be told that I didn’t have legs or anything. A lot of people were telling me, ‘It looked like something was wrong with you.’ Something was, but when you’re in the ring, you have to bluff a lot of things. I tried my best to do so. And I knew I didn’t have the legs because of my uniform.
“I was only able to put it on [for the first time] the night before, but I didn’t think it was going to be that heavy. It weighed 40, 40-some pounds with the helmet and all the batteries. I wanted my tribute to be great for Black History Month. I wanted it to be good and I guess I put that before anything.”
Deontay Wilder upset at Mark Breland for throwing the towel
Tyson Fury started attacking Deontay Wilder right from the beginning. He was hurting Wilder with his power shots and keeping him at bay with his jabs. He dropped Wilder in the third and fifth round. In the seventh, as Fury was unloading his combination, Wilder’s corner had seen enough and waved off the towel. After which the referee stepped in to stop the fight.
Mark Breland was the fighter that waived off the towel. Wilder revealed that he had previously talked with the camp and urged them to never stop a fight.
“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” Wilder said. “It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened. I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield. If I’m talking about going in and killing a man, I respect the same way. I abide by the same principal of receiving.
“So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind. I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”