Deontay Wilder was the epitome of class after Tyson Fury took his soul on Saturday night, which resulted in him being knocked down twice and eventually led to Wilder’s assistant trainer throwing in the towel during the seventh round of their WBC heavyweight championship rematch at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
After getting nursed a bit back to health, Wilder has since blamed him not having any legs in the 7th due to his 45-pound costume he wore to the ring.
He wasn’t done as he spoke to The Athletic and slammed referee Kenny Bayless.
Wilder said: ‘Bayless had come in my dressing room, looked me in my eyes and said if I hit Fury in the back of the head – rabbit punch – or hit off of the break, he would disqualify me or deduct two points from me.
‘I guess those rules just applied to me because they didn’t apply to my opponent. [Fury] hit me in the back of the neck and the head all night and Bayless didn’t do anything about it, to the point I got lumps and bruises. That was a thing that was very frustrating to me.’
His reaction to Fury being deducted a point in the 5th round for punching after the break: ‘Why are you taking a point now when he’s been doing this all through the fight?
‘What happened to that speech? What happened to that disqualification? All those things you said you’d do to me?’
Wilder wasn’t available to talk after the fight as he was transported to the hospital to get stitches on a cut to his ear. Despite what was said to viewers during the fight, he did not burst an eardrum that affected his equilibrium.