Deontay Wilder denies he was hurt by Tyson Fury during their rematch last weekend, with the American claiming the suit he walked out to the ring in was too heavy.
Wilder was dropped two times on the way to losing a seventh round TKO at the MGM Grand.
The fight was stopped after Wilder’s cornerman, Mark Breland, threw in the towel.
A huge right hand from Fury sent Wilder to the canvas in the third round and left the Bronze Bomber bleeding from the ear.
His footwork was non-existent and he struggled to move around the ring before a body shot in the fifth floored him again.
He also hit the deck twice more, but both were ruled slips.
Speaking to veteran reporter Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Wilder claimed the suit he wore for his walkout — which was in honour of Black History Month — was too heavy and left his legs fatigued.
“He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me,” Wilder said.
“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.
“I didn’t think it was going to be that heavy.
“It weighed 40, 40-some pounds with the helmet and all the batteries. I wanted my tribute to be great for Black History Month. I wanted it to be good and I guess I put that before anything.”
Speaking to Lance Pugmire of The Athletic, Wilder said he will exercise his right to an immediate rematch.
Wilder has 28 days to formally request the rematch, which will most likely take place in July.
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