Deontay Wilder is set to trigger the rematch clause to force Tyson Fury into a third fight with him – and he has blamed the defeat on the suit he wore to the ring.
The American lost the WBC heavyweight title after he was stopped by Fury in the seventh round of their thrilling rematch in Las Vegas at the weekend.
The loser of the fight had a clause in the contract which allowed them 30 days to opt in for a rematch.
Wilder last night told media in America he intends to do so in the coming days.
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The Bronze Bomber will have to take a 40 per cent split of the pot in the deal.
But he will get an immediate chance to regain the WBC title against the Gypsy King.
The fight has to take place by the end of the summer.
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But Wilder has bizarrely blamed the 45lb suit he wore on his ring-walk for the defeat.
“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.
“I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight.
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“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.
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“A lot of people were telling me, ‘It looked like something was wrong with you.’ Something was, but when you’re in the ring, you have to bluff a lot of things.”
Wilder was floored twice before his corner threw the towel in.
It was coach – and former world champion – Mark Breland who threw the towel in but his position in Wilder's team is now under threat.
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Wilder was furious the trainer – who works alongside Jay Deas – ended the bout as he wanted to continue despite the one-sided nature of the fight.
The American is also unhappy with referee Kenny Bayless as he claimed the official allowed Fury to repeatedly hit him in the back of the head.
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