TwitterFacebook

Deontay Wilder blames extravagant costume for knockout loss to Tyson Fury

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

Follow Anthony Cocks on: Twitter | Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

Deontay Wilder claims the 45-pound costume he wore into the ring for his fight against Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on Saturday night cost him his WBC heavyweight championship.

Wilder’s legs looked to have gone early on in the contest as he was knocked to the canvas in the third and fifth rounds before being stopped in the seventh when his corner threw in the towel.

Now the 34-year-old American says the weight of his jewellery-encrusted costume designed to celebrate Black History Month was the reason his five-year reign as heavyweight champion came to an end.

See Also

“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’s trainer Jay Deas also claimed the heavy costume was his undoing.

“His legs didn’t look great to me early on. I didn’t think his legs look like they normally look,” Deas said to Boxing Social.

“I know he came to the ring in the outfit, which was very heavy. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it.

“Tyson’s a lot of weight to be putting on you as well.

“I don’t know all the answers yet but once I see the film, I’ll know more.”

Read more articles about: , ,
red-speech-300×267

Click Here, If you wish to add a COMMENT to the above article or any of the Ringnews24 boxing articles.

FITE – BOXING TV FIXTURES

TOP STORIES

Jeff Horn nominates Terence Crawford to beat Manny Pacquiao

Jeff Horn nominates Terence Crawford to beat Manny Pacquiao

Jeff Horn has anointed Terence Crawford the king of the welterweights and believes the undefeated American would have the measure of Manny Pacquiao if they fought. The 32-year-old Australian famously wrested the WBO welterweight championship from …

Jamal James out to make a name for himself against…

Jamal James out to make a name for himself against Thomas Dulorme on Saturday

Welterweight contender Jamal James 26-1 (12) is looking forward to his opportunity to shine when he takes on Thomas Dulorme 25-3-1 (16) for the interim WBA 147-pound title at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night. James and Dulorm…

Thomas Dulorme expecting tough fight against Jamal James on Saturday…

Thomas Dulorme expecting tough fight against Jamal James on Saturday night

WBA number 10 ranked welterweight Thomas Dulorme 25-3-1 (16) is brimming with confidence ahead of his fight against WBA number five Jamal James 26-1 (12) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night. The fight will be contested for th…

Eddie Hearn warns Anthony Joshua not to make the same…

Eddie Hearn warns Anthony Joshua not to make the same mistake with sparring again

Promoter Eddie Hearn has warned Anthony Joshua 23-1 (21) he needs to get his sparring “spot on” for his upcoming fight against Kubrat Pulev 28-1 (14). The unified heavyweight champion must make a mandatory title defence against Bulgarian Pulev in …

Jose Carlos Ramirez set to defend titles against Viktor Postol…

Jose Carlos Ramirez set to defend titles against Viktor Postol on August 29

WBA and WBO junior welterweight champion Jose Carlos Ramirez 25-0 (17) will defend his titles against Viktor ‘The Iceman’ Postol 31-2 (12) at the ‘The Bubble’ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 29. The fight was originally scheduled t…

Manny Pacquiao pours cold water on Gennady Golovkin plan

Manny Pacquiao pours cold water on Gennady Golovkin plan

WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao 62-7-2 (39) has rejected talks of a clash with middleweight Gennady Golovkin 40-1-1 (35). The 41-year-old Filipino superstar, who started his pro career as a junior flyweight 25 years ago before steadily ri…

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US