Deontay Wilder’s costume excuse following his seventh-round TKO loss to Tyson Fury has taken another twist after footage emerged on social media of the Bronze Bomber admitting he trains with 45lb vest on during fight camp.
Wilder’s costume, which he wore to celebrate Black History Month, also weighed 45lbs and featured a helmet with red LED lights in it.
The Alabama native also criticised the fact that experienced trainer Mark Breland threw the towel in, despite being under strict instructions not to.
But his costume excuse has been criticised by fighters, pundits and fans alike who believe that Wilder has been bitter in defeat.
And now a video of him talking on the Joe Rogan Experience has appeared – in which he talks about training with a 45lb vest on.
He told JRE: “I wear a 45lb vest on me whenever I’m exercising, everything I do, I have that extra weight on me.”
Wilder, however, complained earlier this week that the 45lb costume he wore to the ring against Fury deadened his legs.
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“There were a lot of things that went wrong leading up to the fight, in the last minutes before the fight, but I accept full responsibility,” Wilder told ESPN.
“I paid a severe price because my legs were how they were because of my uniform. My uniform was way too heavy.
“It was 40-plus pounds. We had it on 10 or 15 minutes before we even walked out and then put the helmet on.
“That was extra weight, then the ring walk, then going up the stairs.
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“It was like a real workout for my legs.
“When I took it off, I knew immediately that game has changed.”
Fury said after the fight: “The spoils of war have just happened.”
“I need to enjoy this victory and Deontay will need time to recover from the fight, but I’m almost sure that he will take a rematch because he’s a dynamite puncher.”
“I’m pretty sure we’ll run it back again if he wants to.
“But if he doesn’t want to, these are my promoters and whatever they want to do, I’m happy with. Whoever’s next will get the same treatment, that’s for sure.”
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