Footage emerges casting doubt on Wilder’s outfit excuse for Fury defeat

Deontay Wilder's bewildering excuse for his defeat by Tyson Fury has been exposed – by the fighter's own interview.

The dethroned heavyweight champion claimed the extravagant outfit which he wore for his ring walk weakened his legs as he fell to a seventh-round stoppage defeat.

But footage has re-emerged of the American revealing he trains in a vest which is even heavier than his costume on Saturday night.

In the interview, Wilder says: "I wear a 45lb vest on me as well for all my exercises and everything I do to have the extra weight on."

The revelation comes as the makers of the suit, which was in tribute to Black History Month, said they will continue to work with Wilder.

Cosmo and Donato said: " Deontay Wilder called. We had an extensive, honest conversation that put the confusion and rumours to rest.

"Reiterating that he considers us as ‘family’, Deontay was very clear that he looks forward to future collaborations.

"The subject of the call then turned to Wilder-Fury III.

"All of us consider it a privilege to contribute to the cultural and professional legacy of the iconic Deontay Wilder."

Wilder wore an armoured suit with a mask and crown as well as a battery pack which powered the lights.

His trainer Jay Deas was first to use the outfit as an excuse before the fighter himself made the claim.

Wilder, who was dropped in the third and fifth rounds by Fury, said: "He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is that my uniform was way too heavy for me.

"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.

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