Deontay Wilder has given his first interview since losing his WBC heavyweight belt to Tyson Fury - and he’s not happy.
In an interview with The Athletic, the American complained that his assistant trainer, Mark Breland, threw in the towel too early and that his steel entrance costume, which weighed more than 40 pounds, made his legs heavy for the fight.
“I had no legs from the first round on,” Wilder said.
Another complaint that the Bronze Bomber had was with referee Kenny Bayless’ reluctance to speak to Fury for landing punches that Wilder says hit him on the back of the head.
“Bayless had come in my dressing room, looked me in my eyes and said if I hit Fury in the back of the head - rabbit punch - or hit off of the break, he would disqualify me or deduct two points from me,” Wilder said.
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“I guess those rules just applied to me because they didn’t apply to my opponent.
“(Fury) hit me in the back of the neck and the head all night and Bayless didn’t do anything about it, to the point I got lumps and bruises.
“That was a thing that was very frustrating to me.”
It wasn’t until the fifth round that Fury was deducted a point, which further frustrated Wilder.
“Why are you taking a point now when he’s been doing this all through the fight?” Wilder said he told Bayless.
“What happened to that speech? What happened to that disqualification? All those things you said you’d do to me?”
A video has emerged which focuses on the punch that felled Wilder in the third round and asks whether Fury connected with the back of his opponent’s head.
The text over the video reads: “Tyson Fury no question is the more skilled boxer, and I don’t believe this was intentional at all, however he clearly hits him in the back of the head.
“Wilder was not the same after this hit. That would be the same for anyone if hit in the back of the head by a capable puncher… knowing off ones equilibrium.”
Indeed, Wilder admitted Fury’s blows to the back of his head were the ones that altered his equilibrium, and not the shot that burst his eardrum.
“When I fell the first time, when he hit me in the back of the head, I turned around and held up my arms to the ref… by the third round, my legs were really shot,” Wilder added.
“The way I was hitting the mitts and training, I was more prepared for this fight than anything. The only thing I was not prepared to do was fight on wobbly legs.”
By suggesting he wasn't 100% this time around, Wilder has done a good job of ensuring the third fight will be worth watching.News Now - Sport News