Deontay Wilder reveals he will wear another ‘special’ ring-walk outfit for Tyson Fury trilogy despite BLAMING his last one for his loss in their rematch
- Deontay Wilder is planning to wear ‘something special’ before Tyson Fury fight
- The Bronze Bomber’s made a habit out of wearing extravagant ring-walk outfits
- Wilder blamed his last one, which weighed 40lbs, for his defeat by Fury last year
Deontay Wilder has revealed he will wear another ‘special’ ring-walk outfit for his blockbuster trilogy fight with Tyson Fury despite blaming his last one for his defeat in their rematch.
The Bronze Bomber, who typically dons extravagant costumes before his fights, wore a 40lb outfit to the ring for his last fight against Fury over 18 months ago and claimed it left him with ‘no legs’ before his seventh-round stoppage defeat.
Despite using it as one of many excuses for his first professional loss, it has not deterred Wilder from planning to make another theatrical ring entrance for their third showdown on October 9.
Deontay Wilder has revealed he will wear another ‘special’ ring-walk outfit for Tyson Fury fight
‘All of my fights have – well, since I became champion, you know, nobody has come out with a better dress, better uniform than I have,’ Wilder told Boxing Scene.
‘And we’re going to continue with that. We’ll just have to see what I put on. It’s going to be something special.
‘It’s going to be something that I dedicate to my people, my tribe. So you can look forward to seeing it.’
After losing his WBC heavyweight world title in his rematch with Fury, Wilder claimed the costume he wore to the ring contributed to him lacking energy from the first bell.
The American said his last outfit left his legs weak after being stopped by Fury last February
Wilder, who also accused his now ex-trainer Mark Breland on stopping the fight too early and spiking his water with muscle relaxers, claimed after being halted by Fury: ‘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.
‘But I’m a warrior and people know that I’m a warrior. It could easily be told that I didn’t have legs or anything.’
Wilder did not reveal if the costume he’ll wear for the trilogy against Fury will be as heavy as his last one, but said last year he would make adjustments to his ring-walk outfits going forward.
The heavy-hitting American was left red-faced over his costume excuse after footage of him revealing he wears 45lb vests when he trains resurfaced online days after his loss.
Wilder came up with a number of elaborate excuses after suffering his first professional defeat
Despite this, Wilder reiterated this week that it was a contributing factor to his defeat, adding: ‘When I first tried it on, I saw it had some type of weight to it, but during that time you get so excited and you want people to see it. But we immediately started feeling, “All right, we’re going to have to put this uniform on a certain amount of time before we go out,” even if we had to delay it a little bit, before putting it on.
‘But our timing wasn’t perfect. We still had the uniform on about 10 to 15 minutes before walking out. And I was walking around with it. I just didn’t have the helmet on.
‘And when I put the helmet on and started walking out, it was a long ring walk. Due to the circumstances I was under, it immediately just drained my legs. And then you’re talking about walking up the stairs [to the ring] with it on.
‘It was almost like a workout. I didn’t think it would affect me that much. But it affected me more than what I expected. Then, by him coming and leaning his body on me and pushing me down and putting me in headlocks, that played a part in affecting my legs as well.’
Wilder has made a habit out of wearing extravagant ring-walk costumes before his fights