Tyson Fury stunned the world by beating down Deontay Wilder and claiming his WBC heavyweight title. It’s the first time the Bronze Bomber has ever lost but nobody expected him to lose like this. Sure, a decision loss to the master of distance and movement was a realistic possibility. But Fury put a beating on him.
Now it looks like Wilder will exercise his option for a third fight with the new champion. He had that clause inserted in his contract and wants to get a win back. Even though all fans want is for Fury to fight Anthony Joshua, the second rematch is most likely.
However, Wilder has attracted scorn for blaming his defeat on his ornate walkout costume. He’s claiming that it compromised his movement before even fighting. It’s an insane thing to say and nobody is taking it seriously. Definitely not the Alabama native’s classiest moment. Just take the loss like a man. Check this out below.
Hilarious that Wilders trainer is telling him that his ear is bust into the very same ear that is bust? pic.twitter.com/dBI8PJ5noG
— Paul Butler (@PaulButlerO8) February 23, 2020
Fury knocked Wilder down twice during the fight. But he denies that this affected him. This was despite blood leaking from his mouth and his wobbly legs for three rounds. He ruptured his eardrum, totally messing up his equilibrium. Why not just admit this? Nobody would think any worse of him for that. But now he’s blaming the loss on his 45lb, $45000 Sauron gimp suit.
“He didn’t hurt me at all. But the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me,” Wilder said. “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. I tried my best to do so, I knew I didn’t have the legs because of my uniform.
“I was only able to put it on the night before, but I didn’t think it was going to be that heavy,” he added. “It weighed 40, 40-some pounds with the helmet and all the batteries. I wanted my tribute to be great for Black History Month.”
"I'm ready to go out on my shield." – @BronzeBomber
— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) February 23, 2020
The former champion also took aim at his co-trainer, Mark Breland, for throwing in the towel. Wilder is furious by what happened and feels betrayed. Fury was pulverizing him, but Wilder doesn’t care. In short, he says that his wishes were clear and that Cleland will not corner him again.
“I’m upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” Wilder said. “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.
“So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind,” he continued. “I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”
??? Tyson Fury returning to a hero's welcome in Manchester this morning…
[?️ DiscoBoyUK / Eastwood_Fitness] pic.twitter.com/x9o6Lwetav
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) February 25, 2020
The truth of the situation is that Cleland probably saved Wilder from further injury. He was on the way to losing and could have had his life changed. The father-of-eight should probably take it into account more. Also, it’s worth noting that he might not be in a physical position to demand a rematch from Fury. This act may end up saving his career. Wilder doesn’t see it that way.
“I understand he was looking out for me and trying to do what he felt was right, but this is my life and my career and he has to accept my wishes.”
Is there a public appetite for a trilogy fight with Fury? Not really. It feels like there is closure now but Wilder is within his right to exercise the option for another rematch. That doesn’t mean we have to like it. But he could definitely show a bit more class in defeat. The uniform excuse is just ridiculous. But this is boxing.