American boxer Deontay Wilder has blamed he beating and battering he got from Tyson Fury on his trainer and his ring walk custome.
Deontay Wilder who was so sure of a win in his rematch against Tyson Fury was given a lesson of his life in the Sunday fight at the MGM Arena in Las Vegas.
Tyson Fury totally dominated the fight against Deontay Wilder but the American said it was his ring walk custome that gave his opponent the upper hand.
“I paid a severe price because my legs were how they were because of my uniform. My uniform was way too heavy. It was 40-plus pounds. We had it on 10 or 15 minutes before we even walked out and then put the helmet on. That was extra weight, then the ring walk, then going up the stairs. It was like a real workout for my legs. When I took it off, I knew immediately that game has changed.
“I really let the designers freelance with it. It was really their idea,” Wilder said. “By the third round, I had no legs. I was completely done. My legs were gone. I had to step into survival mode very early. But you know me — I’m going out on my shield. I’m a fighter. I’m a warrior. That’s what I do.”
Wilder also said he was extremely upset that Breland, who won an Olympic gold medal and was a two-time professional world titlist before becoming a trainer, threw in the towel.
“For Mark to do it, I was very heartbroken,” Wilder said. “If I say statements like I want to kill a man [in the ring], then I have to abide by those same principles in the ring of him doing the same thing to me. I’d rather die than go out with someone throwing the towel in.
“He knows these things. It’s been premeditated. I’ve said this for many years. I told all my trainers, no matter how it may look on the outside, no matter how you may love me or have that emotional feeling, don’t make an emotional decision, and do not ever throw that towel in because my pride is everything. I understand what it looks like, but when you have power like me, I am never out of a fight, no matter what the circumstances. I’m never out of a fight.”
Wilder said that even though he was clearly losing the fight and had been knocked down twice, he still had his faculties in the seventh round.
“I still had my thoughts in my mind. I had to lean against the ropes to get support because of my legs. It really hurt me,” Wilder said of Breland’s decision to throw in the towel.