Deontay Wilder’s trainer, Jay Deas, claims he did not want to throw in the towel during the American’s defeat to Tyson Fury on Saturday night and suggested there was a mix-up in the corner.
The Bronze Bomber saw his undefeated record come to an end in Las Vegas as Fury gave a commanding and brutal performance, twice knocking down his opponent before the bout was stopped in the seventh round.
Wilder’s corner threw in the towel to end the fight, with the dethroned champ bloodied and bruised, but Deas says he wanted he wanted the 34-year-old to continue.
Speaking about the decision to throw in the towel, Deas said: ‘I’m the head coach of the team but we do things a little bit differently, 99% of the time the head coach is also the guy who’s lead coach in the corner.
‘Ours is a little bit more like an American football team where the head coach doesn’t necessarily call the plays – you have an offensive and defensive co-coordinator.
‘What happened between rounds was Mark said something about throwing the towel in and I told him, “Don’t do that”, I didn’t think he should do that.
‘Then the fight went on a little bit longer and then I saw the towel go in so I haven’t talked to Mark about it but we’ll talk about it and figure out what exactly happened there.’
He continued: ‘I didn’t think he should have [thrown in the towel]. Deontay’s the kind of guy who goes out on his shield and he will tell you straight up – don’t throw the towel in.
‘In fact, in the dressing room when Tyson was getting his hands wrapped in one of the earlier fights which they show on the screen in the locker room they had a guy who got stopped, we were like, “Stop the fight, stop the fight”.
And right when the ref stopped the fight and the towel came in, Tyson looked at his people and said, “Never”. And I said, yeah, that’s the same kind of guy Deontay is, he does not want that.
‘You’ve always got to consider also that Deontay is a fearsome puncher, so that’s always a difficult thing because he does always have that [ability] to land a big shot and turn things around.
‘That’s what happened there but Deontay is doing well, he’ll be back, he’ll be all the better for it but congratulations to Tyson and to his team, a class act all the way around, and we’re thrilled to be part of the show with him.’
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