Deontay Wilder doesn’t seem to be taking his defeat to Tyson Fury well.
The Bronze Bomber has blamed the 40-pound costume he wore on his way to the ring for making his legs heavy and also hit out at his team for throwing in the towel.
Wilder suffered the first defeat of his career and relinquished his WBC heavyweight belt in the process, so he’s understandably upset.
But he’s now come up with a wild conspiracy theory that suggests this is all a bit much for him.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, the 34-year-old suggested that his assistant trainer, Mark Breland - the one who threw in the towel in the seventh round - may have been influenced by Anthony Dirrell, a boxer who is trained by SugarHill Steward, Fury’s trainer.
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“I still knew how to move around the ring. Although I didn’t have the legs, I knew how to move around the ring,” Wilder said.
“S**t, I was 42-0, you know, 10 consecutive title defences. I know what I’m doing in there.
“It may look a certain type of way, but when you’re talking about a Deontay Wilder, I’m never out of a fight because of my tremendous power. We’ve seen that many a times. I’m never out of a fight.
“And I’d rather go out on my shield and my sword than anything. You know, by [Breland] knowing that and then Jay [Deas], which is the head trainer, Jay told him not to do so. He still proceeded with it.
“It’s kinda hurtful, man. It really makes you think about different things. I don’t wanna put negative thoughts in my head or have any kind of conspiracy theories going on, but it makes you think.
“Somebody that did not something that’s not up to him, and even when they’re instructed not to, they still proceeded on.
“And then getting influenced by the opposite team, one of the guys that train with the opposite trainer, you know, it makes you think.
“He was influenced by Dirrell. They said Dirrell was in back of him screaming, ‘Throw the towel in! We love our champ!’
“And, you know, works with ‘Sugar’ as well, the opposite trainer, Tyson’s trainer. [Dirrell] works with him, too.
“[Breland] said he didn’t hear nothing, but everybody’s saying the same thing. A lot of people that’s around, a lot of people that was in my camp, and if everybody’s hearing it and if my people in the corner can hear him, and Mark said he can’t hear [him], there’s something wrong with that.
“It’s a lot going on with Mark as well. But, you know, we’re gonna make a big decision by the time I come back from Africa. And we’re gonna go from there.”
Footage of Wilder after the sixth round shows he was not in a good state.
The heavyweight may have wanted to carry on but the decision to throw in the towel was the right one.News Now - Sport News