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Tyson Fury responds to Deontay Wilder blaming his heavy ring walk costume for his defeat

Tyson Fury has hit back at Deontay Wilder’s excuse after losing his WBC heavyweight title (Getty/ITV) Tyson Fury admits he understands Deontay Wilder’s decision to blame his ring walk costume for his defeat in Las Vegas and claims fighters always look for excuses after they are beaten. Wilder suffered the first defeat of his professional career and lost his WBC heavyweight title after being stopped by the Gypsy King in seven rounds on February 22. After the fight, Wilder claimed that his elaborate entrance attire, which he wore to celebrate Black History Month, was one of the reasons behind his poor performance in the highly anticipated rematch. ‘He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me,’ Wilder told Yahoo Sports after the fight. ‘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 was only able to put it on [for the first time] the night before but I didn’t think it was going to be that heavy. 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 wanted it to be good and I guess I put that before anything.’ Deontay Wilder blamed his heavy entrance outfit after his loss against Tyson Fury (Getty Images) But Fury has now responded to Wilder’s excuse, which has been widely ridiculed by several figures in boxing. ‘He said that he trains in a 45-pound weighted vest every day… but, you know, I can understand where he’s coming from,’ Fury told ITV’s ‘This Morning’. ‘In every fighter’s mind there’s got to be a reason why they’ve lost. ‘It can never be the simple fact I wasn’t good enough on the night and lost to the 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. Tyson Fury beat Deontay Wilder in seven rounds in Las Vegas (Getty Images) ‘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. ‘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, of you can never right 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.’

 

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