Deontay Wilder blamed his heavyweight title defeat against Tyson Fury on the three-stone costume he wore in the ring to celebrate Black History Month.
Confirming that he intends to activate his rematch clause against the newly crowned WBC heavyweight champion, Fury, Wilder has revealed that he has no more energy in his legs after his walk in the ring after wearing an extravagant costume to pay tribute to the annual celebration of the African American history.
The 34-year-old said he hadn’t been able to test the 40-pound suit until the night before Saturday’s fight, when it was too late to change his plans.
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Speaking to Yahoo Sports after the seventh round defeat, Wilder said, “It didn’t hurt me, but the simple fact is that my uniform was too heavy for me.
“I had no legs since the start of the fight. In the third round, my legs were just hit hard.
“I was able to wear it (for the first time)
) the night before, but I didn’t think it would be so heavy. It weighed 40, 40 kilos with the helmet and all the batteries.
“I wanted my tribute to be exceptional for Black History Month. I wanted it to be good and I guess I put it first. “
Wilder has 30 days from the fight to trigger his revenge clause, which he intends to do, and according to the terms of his pre-fight deal with Fury, the trilogy fight must take place before the end of July, giving the couple five months to accept the terms and hold what would be one of the most profitable heavyweight competitions in boxing history.
But it appears that Wilder won’t have ex-world champion Mark Breland in his corner after Wilder criticized him for throwing in the towel during the seventh round, prompting the referee’s intervention.
Wilder, who confirmed that he would remove Breland from his team, added: “I am angry at Mark for the simple fact that we have talked about it many times and it is not emotional.
“I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a sovereign, I want to go out with my shield. If I am talking about entering and killing a man, I respect the same way. I respect the same principle of reception.
“So I told my team never to ever, no matter what it seemed, never to throw my towel because I’m a special guy. I still have five rounds left. It doesn’t matter what it was like, I was still fighting.
“I understand that he was looking for me and trying to do what he thought was right, but this is my life and my career and he must accept my wishes.”