Boxing fans across social media have been quick to let rip into Deontay Wilder, after the fighter made yet another excuse as to why he was defeated by Tyson Fury in February of this year.
In the bout billed as ‘Unfinished Business’, owing to the draw that occurred in their first fight, the Gypsy King won in the seventh-round via TKO – but the contest left a sour taste in his opponent’s mouth, and now it appears he just can’t let it go.
Ever since the rematch Wilder has not let the affair slide, citing plenty of reasons as to why he was beaten, from the outrageous to the outright bizarre.
The first was that his walk-in gear was too heavy and that impeded him – but now the 35-year-old heavyweight, who was interviewed over the weekend, is making more astounding claims, some even more abused than the first.
Wilder said to 78SPORTSTV: “About 15 minutes before going out to the fight, warming up on the mitts, it was perfect, I felt great.
“Until I went to the ring. That transformation, I was drinking certain water and stuff, trying to keep myself hydrated.
“I just start feeling weird. My water was spiked as if I took a muscle relaxer or something like that.v After a fight is over with and it don’t go in your favour you’re always looking for what happened.
“Certain things, the atmosphere just didn’t seem right. It felt like something was about to go down, and not in my favour. It wasn’t just the suit, my water was tampered with…
“This feeling here, it was a different feeling. It was like I had no control over my body, my legs was weak and stuff like that.”
Wilder has also claimed that gloves were tampered with before the fight.
The claims have sparked a mass series of tweets from boxing supporters, who believe that the Bronze Bomber is making up yet another excuse to why he was beaten by Fury.
Wilder also claimed that Fury needs honour his contract obligation of a third fight, but it seems Fury has other ideas, saying that he’s looking to other ventures.
Fury said to The Athletic: “I’ve been training. I’m ready. When they tried moving off 19 December and pushing to next year, enough was enough. I’ve moved on.”
Meanwhile, some of Wilder’s claims have been met with criticism by Tony Bellew, who thinks that Wilder has ‘has lost the plot’.
Speaking to Talksport, he said: “Insane, really insane. Whatever he’s been smoking it needs to stop. It’s absolutely insane. It’s impossible what he’s saying.
“What’s happened here is Deontay Wilder’s gone missing for quite a while.
“And he’s just got a lot of back-slappers and yes-men around him. And in the end he’s listened to these guys for months and he’s come out now and made an absolute fool of himself.”
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