Deontay Wilder has flagged an issue with Tyson Fury's gloves just hours before they are due to step into the ring for their world heavyweight title trilogy.
Wilder has been keeping a close eye on Fury's team this week after making a number of outlandish cheating accusations against the Brit after their rematch last year.
And he has now flagged an issue with Fury's padding inside his glove, which includes horse hair, that has concerned him.
But the Nevada State Athletic Commission have insisted that they are okay to use, and it won't put the bout in jeopardy.
Both Wilder and Fury were given four sets of gloves for the fight, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
But Commission officials are instructed to cut open one glove from each set in order to check the padding, which on this occasion has caused concern for Wilder.
He will now wear Everlast MX gloves in an effort to be put on a "fair playing ground", although he has told 78SportsTV that he doesn't agree with the commission's ruling.
"We had a little situation with the gloves," Wilder said ahead of the fight. "I already got word of some funny stuff going on in the back of the gloves.
"When I got into the room I immediately asked about the gloves and was telling them about certain things that happened in the first event with his gloves being funny, how they were bending and folding, even showing certain clips of it.
"They [the commission officials] said they’ve been around boxing 25, 30 years, everybody feels since they’ve been around it they are some type of expert.
"But if you haven’t put a glove on and hit someone in the face to understand what type of damage it could do, or how mechanically a glove can work, it’s 25, 30 years down the toilet.
‘You can cut open a glove all day and look inside and still not know what’s going on."
Wilder has said that he is also worried about what he feels isn't enough padding in Fury's gloves, although it appears that his calls have fallen on deaf ears.
"What happened was Fury’s glove that he’s chosen, which is the same thing he had last time, had little to no padding," Wilder continued.
"The rest of it was horse hair, we thought horse hair was illegal and out of the question but they said it was [okay], so we said cool.
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"They opened up my glove and my glove padding is at least two to three inches thick.
"His glove looks like they’ve already been used, already folded, bended, like they’ve been thrown in the trash and got back out and say, ‘we’re gonna reuse these’."
And Wilder feels that for that reason, the padding is insufficient, given that horse hair can thin, meaning it's not the right amount of protection.
"My argument was that this is not enough padding in these gloves," he added.
"They were trying to convince me the horse hair in the gloves makes up for everything because the horse hair is actually harder than the foam.
"I was telling them they were wrong because the thing about the horse hair is that over time the horse hair can spread.
"And if it spreads the horse hair gets thinner, that way you only feel that small padding that’s under the horse hair."
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