Deontay Wilder blames Tyson Fury defeat on 40-pound ring walk costume

Deontay Wilder has bizarrely blamed the costume he wore for his ring walk against Tyson Fury for his defeat in Las Vegas.

The 34-year-old made an eye-catching entrance at the MGM Grand by wearing a 40-pound costume that was worn in dedication to Black History Month.

But Wilder was resoundingly beaten on the night with Fury flooring the American in the third and fifth rounds before his camp decided to throw in the towel in the seventh.

Wilder’s balance appeared to be off for most of the bout and that had been attributed to the fact that Fury was dominant.

But Wilder claims he was barely affected by Fury’s punches and that it was the weight of his costume that impacted his legs.

‘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.

‘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.’

Wilder has since confirmed that his camp will take up a rematch clause that will see the American take on Fury for the third time in 18 months this summer.

The bout is expected to take place in Vegas once again and Wilder has confirmed he will not have his assistant trainer Mark Breland in his corner after cutting ties with him following his decision to throw in the towel.

‘I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,’ said Wilder.

‘It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing.’

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