Did Deontay Wilder’s 45-pound costume contribute to his seventh-round TKO loss to Tyson Fury on Saturday? Following his first career loss, the boxer told several media outlets that the heavy outfit weakened his legs.
Wilder, who is known for his elaborate face masks, explained his reasoning in an interview with Yahoo Sports:
“He [Fury] didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me. 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. 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.”
Immediately following the loss on Saturday night, Wilder’s trainer speculated about the outfit’s effect on the boxer’s stamina.
“His legs didn’t look great to me early on,” said Jay Deas. “I didn’t think his legs looked like they normally look. I know he came to the ring in a very, very — the outfit was very heavy, and I don’t know if that had to do with it.”
Wilder was knocked down in the third round, and then again in the fifth round, before his corner threw in the towel to stop the fight in the seventh. After the fight, he needed stitches for a cut inside one of his ears, according to ESPN.
Wilder told Yahoo Sports he plans on exercising his clause for a third fight against Fury.
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