Deontay Wilder has given his first interview since his defeat to Tyson Fury on Saturday night.
The American suffered the first loss of his career as he was knocked out by Fury in the seventh round.
And Wilder has bizarrely blamed the defeat on the uniform he wore during his ring walk.
“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.
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"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 was also unhappy that his team threw in the towel during round seven.
“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” Wilder continued.
“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.
“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.”
Wilder also congratulated Fury on his victory.
“I’m super happy for Tyson Fury and I really want to give him my complete congratulations,” Wilder said.
“He’s had a lot of great accomplishments in his career and this is right there with all of them. I’m very excited about his career and what he has done. He deserves a lot of credit.”
Wilder also said that he plans to exercise his clause for a rematch. It seems the two are set to fight for a third and final time.News Now - Sport News