Deontay Wilder’s Corner Advice Before Round Seven Shows Why He Was Way Out Of His Depth
Deontay Wilder's team were backed into a corner so badly that they insisted the fighter find a way to land one of his destructive punches on Tyson Fury.
The 34-year-old former WBC champ was outboxed and dominated in a one-sided performance from Fury in their blockbuster rematch last Saturday.
Wilder was dropped both in the third and fifth rounds before he suffered a TKO loss in the seventh round.
A battered and bloodied Wilder retreated to his corner after the sixth round and trainer Jay Deas desperately tried to clean down the fighter.
Footage from the fight has been posted online and the commentary team picked up on Wilder's trainer telling him only one message: "Back him up, right hand. Back him up, right hand."
Deas has, in turn, been accused of giving Wilder a lack of tactical advice in the ring as he was getting dominated.
The KO artist's team appeared to fall back on Wilder's equaliser in the hopes of turning the tables in their favour.
Fury continued to systematically pick his fierce rival apart and referee Kenny Bayless was close to waving off the fight before Wilder's corner threw the towel in.
Wilder has revealed that he plans to activate his rematch clause and set up the third installment in their trilogy of fights.
But the 'Bronze Bomber' has shockingly suggested that his extravagant ring-walk outfit affected him more than Fury's punches.
"He didn't hurt me at all, but the simple fact is... that my uniform was way too heavy for me," Wilder told 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. 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. 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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