Deontay Wilder Wants Rematch W/ Tyson Fury, Says Costume Was Too Heavy & Effected His Legs + Upset With Trainer For Stopping Fight: I Had 5 Rounds Left
Former WBC champion, Deontay Wilder is reportedly planning to put his rematch clause into action after his loss to Tyson Fury in the blockbuster heavyweight bout on Saturday (Feb. 22nd). Fast forward to Monday, Wilder in his first public statement since the seventh-round TKO loss says,
“We’re definitely going to exercise it. We’re looking forward to it. I’m a warrior and a true champion, and I fight like that every bit of the way.”
Wilder continues, adding he wants his rematch this summer,
“We’re definitely going on with it. That’s for sure. By the summertime.”
In addition, he addressed his obvious issues with his leg. Wilder says before the match started he knew there was a problem with his legs. Wilder then opened up on miscalculating the weight of the costume he wore into the ring.
“There were a lot of things that went wrong leading up to the fight, in the last minutes before the fight, but I accept full responsibility. I paid a severe price because my legs were how they were because of my uniform.”
Wilder adds more on his blinged out entrance 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.”
He also said,
“He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is … that 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. 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.
However, Wilder made it a point to not detract from Fury’s victory.
“I congratulate Fury on his accomplishment. I’m very excited for him, and I am not bitter toward no one.”
What a performance by Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder couldn't stand the heat.
Wilders team throw the towel in round 7 Tyson Fury is now the WBC & Ring Magazine heavyweight championship of the world’
— ?? Obaino jay ?? (@obaino_jay) February 23, 2020
Wilder also made it clear that he did not agree with Mark Breland stopping the fight. In the past, Wilder said that he told his team that he never wanted them to stop a fight.
“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional. It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened. I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield. If I’m talking about going in and killing a man, I respect the same way. I abide by the same principal of receiving. So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind. I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”
Fury outlanded Wilder 82-34 in total punches and out-threw the Alabama-native 267-141, according to reports. Fury landed at a 30% clip while Wilder landed 24%. Fury landed 58 power punches in less than seven rounds of action after landing just 38 in the first meeting.
Before taken down the WBC champion, Fury (30-1, 21 KO), licked Wilder’s shoulder that was coated with his blood.
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) February 23, 2020
For Wilder, it was his first loss and now has a record of 42-1-1 with 41 knockouts. Their first fight on Dec. 1, 2018 was a controversial draw, allowing Wilder to retain his crown.
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