Deontay Wilder is still trying to figure out what happened on Saturday night that led to his first career loss at the hands of his longtime foe Tyson Fury. Wilder’s corner threw in the towel to stop the fight, something he has yet to get past.
During an interview with BoxingScene.com, Wilder explains that he’s always instructed his assistant trainer, Mark Breland, and head trainer, Jay Deas, to never throw in the towel during his fights. Deas also reportedly told Breland not to do it during the fight against Fury, despite Wilder taking a lot of unanswered punches. Still, Breland threw in the towel, causing the referee to stop the match in the seventh round.
“It’s a human, immediate reaction, like, ‘I didn’t wanna see you get hurt,’…But I was hurt way more in the first [Luis] Ortiz fight than in this situation. I still had my mind. I still knew what I was doing at certain times. I still knew how to move around the ring. Although I didn’t have the legs, I knew how to move around the ring. Sh*t, I was 42-0, you know, 10 consecutive title defenses. I know what I’m doing in there. It may look a certain type of way, but when you’re talking about a Deontay Wilder, I’m never out of a fight because of my tremendous power.”
But in his latest reflection on Saturday night, Wilder posed another theory of his which involves former super-middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell who is trained by Tyson Fury’s trainer Javan Steward. “And then getting influenced by the opposite team, one of the guys that train with the opposite trainer, you know, it makes you think. He was influenced by [Anthony] Dirrell. They said [Anthony] Dirrell was in back of him screaming, ‘Throw the towel in! We love our champ!’…[Anthony] works with ‘Sugar’ as well, the opposite trainer, Tyson’s trainer. [Dirrell] works with him, too. [Breland] said he didn’t hear nothing, but everybody’s saying the same thing.”
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