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Boxing News of Friday, 6 March 2020


Tyson Fury reacts as Deontay Wilder blames ring walk costume for defeat

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury has reacted to claim by Deontay Wilder that he lost in their fight because of the weight of his ring walk costume.

Both heavyweight boxers clashed for the second time in Las Vegas after their first bout of December 2018 ended in a draw.

The night was Fury's as he stopped Wilder in the seventh round after dropping him down twice before the round to claim the WBC title.

Shortly after the fight, Wilder told Yahoo:

'He didn't hurt me at all, but the simple fact is that my uniform was way too heavy for me.

'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.

'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.'

Fury responding to Wilder's claims said;

''He also said he trains in a 45 lbs weighted vest every day,' Fury said, speaking to ITV's This Morning. 'I can understand where he is coming from, in every fighter's mind there has got to be a reason why he has lost. It can never be the simple fact of, "I wasn't good enough on the night and I lost to a better guy".

'It's always got to be, "the camp was wrong, it was the trainer's fault, it was my suit, it was my toe". It was always something's a problem.'

'With me if I'm injured or whatever the problem is it's like, "okay, the performance wasn't great but I'm going to move on and crack on". I beat him the first time, beat him the second time, I'll surely will beat him the third time.'

Fury went on to praise Wilder:

'The one thing I will say about Deontay Wilder is he's a very worthy opponent and he's a very dangerous opponent and he has that eraser power of 43 knockouts, only the one defeat, and you can never write a guy off like that. It's always one punch away from disaster with Deontay.

'Like he famously says, "they have to be correct for 36 minutes, I have to be correct for one second". And that's so true.'