When Deonty Wilder lost to Tyson Fury earlier this year in a heavyweight title fight, he initially blamed his elaborate ring-walk costume for his defeat.
Deontay Wilder has blamed his elaborate ring-walk costume for his WBC heavyweight title defeat by Tyson Fury.— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 24, 2020
This is what he's said in full: https://t.co/5lgo9rWvft #bbcboxing #WildervsFury2 #Wilder #FuryWilder2 pic.twitter.com/kUOHnvWnf3
He has a new excuse and it's even wilder, so to speak.
Wilder told 78SportsTV that his water was spiked before the fight.
"About 15 minutes before going out to the fight, warming up on the mitts, it was perfect, I felt great. Until I went to the ring. That transformation, I was drinking certain water and stuff, trying to keep myself hydrated. I just start feeling weird. My water was spiked as if I took a muscle relaxer or something like that," he explained.
After a fight is over with and it don't go in your favor you're always looking for what happened. Certain things, the atmosphere just didn't seem right. It felt like something was about to go down, and not in my favor. It wasn't just the suit, my water was tampered with. This feeling here, it was a different feeling. It was like I had no control over my body, my legs was weak and stuff like that."
Wilder and Fury are expected to fight for a third time, but a date has yet to be set.