Wilder Gives 'Most Hilarious Excuse Ever' For His Loss To Fury [DETAILS]
March. 09, 2020
American heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder aka Bronze Bomber, who lost his WBC world title to Britain’s Tyson Fury, is being trolled on the internet and by boxing experts after blaming his defeat on … wait for it … his elaborate ring-walk costume.
The pair first met in December 2018, when they fought to a hugely entertaining tie in a fight that saw Fury seemingly rise from the dead after a brutal 12th round knockdown by Wilder, known as the Bronze Bomber.
This time around, though, the tie was settled in the 7th round. Fury, aka the Gypsy King, had a seemingly easy night, stopping Wilder in the 7th round after Wilder’s corner threw the towel into the ring (a signal for the referee to stop the bout). But rather than heap praise on Fury’s efforts, Wilder instead said it was his own costume that had led to his loss.
“He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is my uniform was way too heavy for me,” he said, according to 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. 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.”
“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.”
As you might expect, the online trolling began almost immediately after the comments were made, with the majority either mocking Wilder for using a suit of his own choosing as an excuse — or for failing to give Fury the credit he deserved for handing Wilder his first-ever pro defeat.
Fury, on the night, had entered the ring in a less elaborate fashion, in a royal suit on an elevated throne. His own costume made him look like a cross between a king and Santa Claus, and his designer said she had no sympathy for Wilder.
Melissa Anglesea told the BBC:
“Let’s be honest — from a man that’s six foot seven and weighs what Wilder does, a three-stone costume makes absolutely no ounce of difference.” She said that compared to Wilder, who reportedly spent $40,000 on his suit, she picked up the crown Fury wore to the ring “from a pound shop” (the British equivalent of a store such as Dollarama).
Frank Warren, who promotes Fury, also told BBC:
“He’s trying to dress up his loss, that’s what he’s trying to do, literally. It’s a new one on me. All that gear he had on, I was scratching my head, but that was his choice.
“He must have worn it and tried it on, they didn’t just give it to him on the night, he knew what the weight was. He got beat by the better man on the night. He just took him apart. It’s a poor excuse.”
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