Tyson Fury’s trainer, SugarHill Steward, has dismissed Deontay Wilder’s list of bizarre excuses for his defeat to the Gypsy King in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round after he was left bloodied and bruised at the MGM Grand, having been knocked down twice in the contest, and he was taken straight to hospital to receive stitches on his ear.
He has since made a string of excuses for his woeful display, claiming his heavy ring-walk outfit drained his strength and accusing the referee of favouring Fury.
But SugarHill has little time for Wilder’s comments and says if anyone was hampered going into the fight it was Fury, who had to deal with a number of niggles and issues during training.
Speaking to ESPN, the nephew of Emanuel Steward revealed: ‘Tyson hurt his ankles, they were all messed up — they have pictures of that — he suffered a cut in training camp.
‘Tyson Fury wasn’t even getting hit to the head in training camp. I think in the beginning of training camp, his elbow or shoulder was hurt. So Tyson Fury’s the one with all the injuries.’
While Fury was carried into the ring on a throne, Wilder opted for a 40 pound suit of armour that lit up, worn to represent Black History Month, and says it was heavier than he realised.
Speaking to Yahoo Sports, the Bronze Bomber said: ‘He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is 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.
‘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.’
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