Deontay Wilder has blamed his 40-pound costume which he wore during the ring walks for his loss to Tyson Fury last month. UFC president Dana White agrees with Wilder’s statement.
Tyson Fury avenged the controversial draw from his first fight against Deontay Wilder on 22nd February. The Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury knocked out Wilder in the seventh round to become the new WBC champion.
While White agreed that Wilder’s costume may have played a part in the loss, he credited Fury for his performance as well.
“I don’t know, I think that there’s a lot to it,” White said. “Fury looked awesome and Fury looked great. And Fury fought a great fight. Fury fought a perfect fight. But if you think about boxing and fights, when fighters are getting ready, they’re in the back, they’re relaxing, some guy’s sleep, some guys just lay around and chill. Then you get up, you time it out and you do your warm-up, then you throw something on to stay warm. You don’t put all this gear on and all this stuff.
“That’s why I don’t do any of that bulls*it in the UFC. I don’t like it. I don’t like any of that—I don’t know.”
“[Wilder’s costume] definitely played a part in it, yeah,” White added. “Throwing on a 50-pound weighted vest and walking out to a ring for a heavyweight championship fight, you’ve never seen anybody do that in history.
“Is that the reason he lost? The reason he lost is because Fury is a badass boxer and he fought the perfect fight that night and executed his gameplan. But it played a factor in why Deontay lost.” (H/T – MMAFighting.com)
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The trilogy between Deontay Wilder and Tyson has been set for July 18 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Fury’s promoter Bob Arum confirmed this to the on Monday.
“We received a letter from Wilder’s team on Friday night, and we agreed with the networks and the hotel that July 18 was the optimal date,” Arum said. “We had a seamless promotion last time with Al Haymon, PBC [Premier Boxing Champions] and Fox. And We look forward to working with them again.” (H/T – LA Times)
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