Deontay Wilder's trainer Jay Deas has suggested his fighter's ring walk outfit could have played a part in his defeat to Tyson Fury.
The American power-puncher was on the back foot from the first bell as Fury got to work looking for a knockout early doors.
After seven gruelling rounds, Wilder's corner threw in the towel as blood gushed from his left ear.
The Bronze Bomber sported an extravagant outfit before the bout, as he usually does before his title defences.
And Deas reckons Wilder's massive, light-up suit of armour depleted some of his energy before he'd even came face-to-face with Fury.
"His legs didn’t look great to me early on. I didn’t think his legs look like they normally look," he told Boxing Social.
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"I know he came to the ring in the outfit, which was very heavy. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it.
"Tyson’s a lot of weight to be putting on you as well.
"I don’t know all the answers yet but once I see the film, I’ll know more."
Speaking earlier this month, Wilder explained why he planned to wear the outfit on his way to the ring.
"Along with the music it's going to be a big tribute to a lot of the men and women that paved the way for us, this is Black History Month, and I am just going to be paying tribute to that," he said.
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"I hope a lot of people take away this event and a lot of what we are doing, and witness greatness.
"Spending money on these costumes and stuff, whether it's [$10K to $40K], I know they're going to turn to millions."
Wilder can now activate a rematch clause with Fury.
But the Brit could now seek a unification fight with Anthony Joshua in the coming months.
"I have only just started with this style," Fury said.
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"We will be putting people to sleep right, left and centre.
"I need to enjoy this. Deontay will need time to recover. I am sure he will take a rematch as he is a dynamite puncher and with that you are always in the fight.
"Whoever is next will get the same treatment, that is for sure.
"This was written in the stars a million miles away – before I was born I was destined to do what I do."
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