I guess I was hoping for a better reason from Deontay Wilder. Wilder is 6′ 7″ and about 215 lbs. I'm sure the 40 pound costume had some affect but not enough for his legs to be toast in the 3rd round.
People thought his ear drum was busted, but that was not the case. It was a cut that required 7 stitches to close. In the world of boxing, that's nothing.
Wilder did say that he will exercise the rematch clause so there will be a 3rd fight. First he will take a trip to Africa and then plans on training when he returns.
He insists that he was not hurt, just tired. He then went on to blame his costume.
“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. 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.”
Wilder also said that he did not agree with the fight stoppage. He said that Mark Breland his assistant trainer will no longer be a part of his corner on fight night.
“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” Wilder said. “It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened. I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield. If I’m talking about going in and killing a man, I respect the same way. I abide by the same principal of receiving.
“So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what"