Deontay Wilder’s bizarre theory that the extravagant costume he wore to the ring was to blame for his defeat against Tyson Fury has been debunked – by the man himself.
The Bronze Bomber was beaten in conclusive fashion by Fury in Las Vegas on Saturday night, dropping to the canvas twice before trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel during round seven.
In the aftermath of his first professional defeat, Wilder has publicly condemned Breland for not letting him “go out on my shield”.
And the former WBC heavyweight champion has also produced a bewildering excuse for his sluggish performance, insisting his 40lb ring-walk outfit weakened his legs before the fight.
“He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me,” he told Yahoo Sports.
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“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.”
Nevertheless, footage from Wilder’s 2018 appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast has resurfaced to leave the American red-faced.
In the clip, Wilder tells Rogan: “We do everything with rapid speed, if I’m doing anything that consists of me moving my feet, it's sprinting.
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“I wear a 45lb vest on me as well in all my exercises and everything that I do, I have the extra weight on me.”
Ahead of the rematch last Saturday, BT Sport also posted footage that shows Wilder being put through his paces in training with the vest strapped on.
The knockout artist is seen sprinting and shadow boxing at the American Christian Academy, Alabama, with the 45lb accessory over his shoulders.
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Wilder’s exposed training methods render his costume excuse all the more baffling.
Yet the makers of Saturday night’s Black History Month inspired garment have revealed they will be working with him again for the rematch with Fury.
“Deontay Wilder called. We had an extensive, honest conversation that put the confusion and rumours to rest,” Cosmo and Donato said in a statement.
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“Reiterating that he considers us as ‘family’, Deontay was very clear that he looks forward to future collaborations.
“The subject of the call then turned to Wilder-Fury III.
“All of us consider it a privilege to contribute to the cultural and professional legacy of the iconic Deontay Wilder.”
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