Some people like costumes. Some people wear them to parties, conventions, weddings (remember Jaden Smith’s white Batman costume?) Well now, professional boxer, Deontay Wilder is blaming his 40 pound cosplay for his loss to Tyson Fury in a recent match.
The former WBC heavyweight champion said Monday the elaborate $60,000, all-black costume he wore as a tribute for Black History Month while walking to the ring was the reason why he came out flat at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas before losing to Fury in a seventh-round technical knockout.
Wilder claimed the more than 40-pound armory fatigued his legs, which ultimately led to a lethargic showing that resulted in him being knocked down in the third and fifth rounds and taking a beating before his corner threw in the towel to save him from any potential life-threatening injuries.
“He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me,” Wilder first told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports. “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…. A lot of people were telling me, ‘It looked like something was wrong with you.’ Something was, but when you’re in the ring, you have to bluff a lot of things. I tried my best to do so. I knew I didn’t have the legs because of my uniform.”
In addition to the weight, Wilder’s mask entirely covered his mouth and nose, restricting his breathing. It had red LED lights for eyes. Nothing like lights blinding you on the way to the ring for a fight.
Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) said he will exercise his right to a rematch against Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs). In the third fight, Fury will take 60% of the purse.
Maybe next time he will leave the cosplay at home…