Wilder To Exercise Rematch Clause, Blames Costume For Loss

It did not take long for the trilogy fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury to become a reality. It also didn’t take long for Wilder to share what he believed went wrong with the fight.

Fury beat Wilder in the seventh round of their bout inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena last Saturday. Wilder was knocked down twice and the fight was called off by the corner, making it a TKO-win. Speaking to Yahoo Sports, Wilder said he will return to boxing once he returns from a trip to Africa. After that, the rematch is on.

Chris Mannix is reporting the bout could take place in July.

Wilder, who was bleeding from the ears, among other places, congratulated Fury on the win.

“I’m super happy for Tyson Fury and I really want to give him my complete congratulations,” Wilder said to Kevin Iole. “He’s had a lot of great accomplishments in his career and this is right there with all of them. I’m very excited about his career and what he has done. He deserves a lot of credit.”

Despite the encouraging words, Wilder did not believe Fury was the better man in the fight. In fact, he blamed the loss and his legs being weak for the uniform he had one prior to the fight. The 40-pound suit was a dedication to Black History Month, and Wilder walked down the long track to the ring with it on.

“He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me,” Wilder continued. “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.”

Fury ended up being carried to the ring on a throne while only wearing a crown and a robe.

Regarding the suit, Wilder stated he only tried it on the day before and it seemed fine. There are a number of sports figures who wear “costumes” to perform, from pro wrestling to actual NHL uniforms. Wilder has even wore several versions of his suit prior to this fight. On the many camera shots of Wilder and Fury throughout the broadcast, you could see Wilder pacing around and preparing with little to no breaks.

One of the other things that upset Wilder about the fight was the fact that his corner stopped it. Mark Breland, Wilder’s assistant trainer, threw in the towel, a move that head trainer Jay Deas was not a fan of. In fact, Wilder has told his team not to throw in the towel at any point in his fights.

“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” Wilder went on to say. “It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened. I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield. If I’m talking about going in and killing a man, I respect the same way. I abide by the same principal of receiving…No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”

Wilder even told The Athletic’s Lance Pugmire he would not be happy with his corner deciding his fights, saying he’d rather “die in the ring” than have the towel thrown.

When taking the words literally, one must think of the real deaths that took place while in the ring last year; Maxim Dadashev, Patrick Day and Boris Stanchov come to mind.

While Wilder has knockout power, he wasn’t showing any of it in the fight. Fury was winning every almost round the the scorecards, with judge Glenn Feldman being the only one to give Wilder one round.

Not even waiting a week to request a rematch, Wilder is looking to heal and be better than ever. He will also look to prepare better both in and out of the ring.

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