Mike Tyson has stated that rather than him making excuses, Deontay Wilder should use his loss to Tyson Fury as a learning experience.
Wilder stated that his heavy walk-out gear had weakened his legs as he made his way to the ring.
Wilder, from the start of the fight, never looked in it. He was knocked down in third round by Fury and struggled to recover. After the knockdown the former champion looked very shaky, eventually being knocked down again in the fifth round before the fight was stopped in the seventh round.
Since the fight, Wilder has brought his rematch clause in his contract to action and waits to fight Fury for a third time, as he believes his heavy ring walk-out gear is what cost him the fight with ‘The Gypsy King.’
Mike Tyson, however, was at the fight that night and was noticeably ecstatic when Fury won. Tyson has since commented on Wilder making excuses, stating that he should’ve taken the loss in a more sportsmanlike manner.
"Wilder's stuff's a lot of energy that I once had," he told Yahoo Sports. "We have to be able to accept our mistakes, stand up and say, 'Hey, I messed up, the best man won.'
“We always look for excuses when we lose and say, 'Well I couldn't lose, there must've been a mistake, somebody had to cheat me.
“So, we have to look at the perspective that a loss is a form of education."
Tyson continued to say that if Wilder wants to walk away from his third fight with Fury victorious, then he must first “beat himself.”
"I don't know anything about beating Fury in the third fight, in order for him to do that, he's gonna have to beat himself in life.”
Tyson stated that Wilder is his own biggest opponent at the minute and that if he doesn’t win that fight, then he has no chance in his rematch with Fury.
The third fight between the pair was originally scheduled for July but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it won’t take place until October at least. Not many see Wilder as having much of a chance, but he remains insistent he will once again be champion.
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