By John Essien
Deontay Wilder has admitted his best wasn’t good enough after falling to his second career defeat to Tyson Fury on Saturday night.
Despite five knockdowns and countless combos, the bout ended with Fury emerging victorious in the 11th round, thanks to a perfect knockdown to Wilder, which helped ‘The Gypsy King’ retain his title and remained unbeaten.
The deflated American was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for routine checks, but before he left the arena, he did break his silence.
“I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight. I’m not sure what happened,” Wilder said post-fight. “I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn’t come in at 277 pounds to be a ballet dancer. He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded.”
Prior to the heavyweight bout over the weekend, Wilder had reportedly ordered for a rip up of Fury’s boxing gloves as he alleged the Briton was cheating, according to Fox Sports.
Wilder alleged that Fury had horse hair in his gloves, reducing the padding to consequently hit a harder punch and he asked officials to cut it open.
Before the match, Wilder told 78SportsTV via SPORTbible:
“What happened was Fury’s glove that he’s chosen, which is the same thing he had last time, had little to no padding.
“The rest of it was horse hair, we thought horse hair was out of the question and was illegal, but they said it was [OK], so we said cool.
“They opened up my glove padding is at least two to three inches thick. My argument was that this is not enough padding in these gloves.
“Of course it can’t go down but it can go left to right in the pad. I started to explain to him of course it can’t go up and down but it can be spread left to right.”
After the triology, Fury made attempts to reach out to the American, but Wider didn’t reciprocate the gesture, but instead said he will show no respect to the champion.
And while addressing the media, Fury labelled his opponent a ‘sore loser’ for his gesture after the bout.
Footage from Daily Mail revealed Fury approached Wilder, but the American barely acknowledged his gesture.