Deontay Wilder once explained that he trains while wearing a 45lb vest - a higher weight than the outfit he blamed Saturday's loss to Tyson Fury on.
Wilder has blamed the first professional defeat of his career on the 40lb suit of armour he entered the ring with.
But footage from his appearance on 'The Joe Rogan Experience' in 2018 has been unearthed and it shows he could be making excuses.
Deontay Wilder confirms during a guest appearance on @joerogan podcast in December 2018 that he specifically trains wearing a "45-pound vest" to carry extra weight to activate his "twitch muscles"- Against The Ropes (@ATRboxinguk) February 26, 2020
Bizarre then that his ring costume weighing an alleged 40 pounds is blamed? pic.twitter.com/qwWMLuG7sc
Wilder tells the UFC commentator:
"I wear a 45lb vest during all my exercises and everything that I do, to have that extra weight on me."
He claims that the extra weight allows for his 'twitch muscles' to perform at a higher level.
Following Wilder's seventh round TKO to Fury, his trainer Jay Deas made the claim that his legs had been weakened by the entrance attire.
Wilder then opened up about the weekend's loss on Monday and also blamed his costume for the loss.
"He didn't hurt me at all, but the simple fact is... that my uniform was way too heavy for me," the American explained.
"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.
"It could easily be told that I didn't have legs or anything. 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.
"I was only able to put it on [for the first time] the night before but 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."
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