From a ring walk outfit that was too heavy to tampered gloves: Deontay Wilder was boxing’s most fearsome puncher and the favourite to BEAT Tyson Fury… but he’s been reduced to making one ‘ridiculous’ excuse after another for losing rematch
- Deontay Wilder has made a number of excuses for his loss to Tyson Fury this year
- In his latest one, Wilder accused Fury of cheating by tampering with his gloves
- The American was favourite to beat Fury and one of boxing’s hardest hitters
- But Wilder has refused to accept he was beaten fair and square by the Brit
Even come the end of his brutal pummelling at the hands of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder was still standing upright. For someone with as good a chin as his, you’d think he’d be able to take a defeat on it.
After his latest spin on the wheel of excuses stopped on egg weights in the gloves, Wilder wasted no time in getting in front of the camera to present his new explanation.
Deontay Wilder accused Tyson Fury of cheating by putting egg-weights in his gloves
Fury inflicted the first defeat of Wilder’s career in February with a brutal stoppage win
Egg Weights are small hand weights that are unique in size and shape and are primarily used during cardio or stretching exercises.
Egg Weights are made from dense metals that keep the weight small and compact within your hand.
A number of Olympic athletes are known to use them in training.
Egg Weights are small hand weights used for cardio and stretching exercises
‘I saw in the first fight when Ricky Hatton was pulling down your gloves to put your fist in the improper position,’ Wilder said.
‘You tried the same method the second time but this time you scratched flesh out of my ears which caused them to bleed.
‘It’s impossible for a brand new 10oz glove to bend or to have loose space. I highly believe you had something hard in your glove, something the size and the shape of an egg-weight. It’s the reason why the side of my face swelled up in an egg-weight form. And it left a dent in my face as well.’
Fury and his team strenuously denied his cheating claims.
Wilder has somewhat undermined his own argument having already made several other excuses for the stoppage defeat – which is now nearly as high as the number of rounds he lasted against Fury back in February.
Before egg-weight gate, Wilder blamed it on his ring-walk costume being too heavy. Then he said Mark Breland was at fault and disloyal for throwing in the towel in the seventh round.
He also claimed that his water had been spiked with muscle relaxer, that referee Kenny Bayless was favourable to Fury and that he was injured before the fight.
And in the eyes of Frank Warren, Fury’s co-promoter, this latest accusation is just a clear example of Wilder grasping at straws.
‘It’s just crap, it’s just ridiculous,’ Warren told Sportsmail.
‘I’ve got a lot of time for him and I don’t know why he’s embarrassing himself by coming out with this rubbish.
Wilder previously claimed his ring-walk costume was too heavy and affected his legs
The American also blamed his defeat on referee Kenny Bayless being favourable to Fury
‘Everyone knows what happens in title fights. There’s a representative from each of the boxer’s camps witnessing the respective fighter’s hands being bandaged and then there’s a representative from a local commission that then sign those bandages.
‘They watch them glove up and lace the gloves up and then afterwards there is tape wrapped around the gloves and then again that’s signed and that’s what happened. That happened.
‘His representative along with the local commission were there so again it’s just a complete load of b******s. It’s just crazy and I don’t know why he is embarrassing himself with all this.’
Before his rematch with Fury, Wilder had a reputation for being boxing’s most fearsome puncher.
If he carries on playing the blame game, he’ll have it converted to the sport’s biggest pretender.
Wilder was actually well fancied to inflict the first defeat on Fury’s professional career in the rematch after coming agonizingly close to doing so in the 12th and final round of their remarkable first encounter the previous December when he detonated that hammer blow of a right hand.
Fury bullied Wilder in the rematch and dropped him twice on route to his stoppage victory
His co-promoter Frank Warren dismissed Wilder’s latest claims as ‘a load of b*****s’
But an aggressive and beefed up version of Fury proved far too much for Wilder as he was tossed around the ring like a rag doll and battered from pillar to post before being saved from further punishment.
It would have been a hard pill to swallow, but Wilder seems to have spat it right out.
Even Eddie Hearn is on the same page as Warren – which is rare – branding the American ‘ridiculous’ for refusing to accept his defeat against Fury and instead throwing around accusations of cheating.
Warren added: ‘I just think it’s very sad, he just got beaten by the better man. He should have done what Tyson did.
‘Tyson got robbed, absolutely robbed. He won that first fight but he got robbed and he never, ever cried about it.
‘We made the fight again and he righted the wrongs. I don’t know what state of mind he is in or where his head is at. As I say, I’ve got a lot of time for him and I like Deontay, I just think it’s sad and he’s got to stop embarrassing himself.’
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