Deontay Wilder's 'heavy outfit' excuse exposed in unearthed pre-fight interview

Deontay Wilder faces yet more ridicule over his ‘heavy outfit’ excuse following his defeat to Tyson Fury, having revealed before the fight that he always trains in a 45-pound weight suit.

The Bronze Bomber lost his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night in Las Vegas, having been knocked down twice before his corner finally threw in the towel in the seventh round.

After the fight, Wilder claimed his performance had been hindered by his heavy ring-walk outfit – a light-up suit of armour to represent Black History Month – which weighed 40 pounds and depleted his energy.

But that excuse has been made to look even more ludicrous after his appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience in 2018 was dug up, with Wilder bragging about always training wearing a weighted suit.

‘We want to activate the fast-twitch muscles, you know what I’m saying. We do everything with rapid speed. If I’m doing anything that consists of me moving my feet, it’s sprinting,’ he explained on the podcast.

‘I wear a 45-pound vest on me as well in all my exercising and everything that I do to have that extra weight on me.’

That means the outfit Wilder wore for his ring entrance was actually five pounds lighter than the suit he wears in training every day.

The American allowed BT Sport’s cameras into his training camp in the build-up to the Fury fight and filmed him doing a series of sprints and shadow boxing while wearing both the weight vest and a heavy backpack.

Wilder’s excuse has also been dismissed by one of the designers who helped make his suit, Melissa Anglesea, who says they have made even heavier outfits for other fighters who have experienced no ill-effects.

‘We’ve made costumes for heavyweight fighters, including Dillian Whyte, that are super-heavy because we’ve used 30,000 crystals, but he knocked Dereck Chisora out.’

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