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Former Heavyweight Champion George Foreman Reacts to Deontay Wilder's Costume Excuse After Loss

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By Zachary Holt

This past weekend, the world got to see a rematch between two massive heavyweights in Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder. The duo's first fight ended in a controversial draw, leading to a rematch being scheduled. During the rematch, though, Wilder was decimated by Fury's power, knocking his opponent to the mat several times.

To make matters worse for Wilder, his ear was severely bleeding, reportedly from a ruptured eardrum, and his lip looked mutilated. The boxer was immediately taken to the hospital to receive medical attention following the fight. Since then, Wilder has been providing excuses as to why he lost the fight, and former heavyweight champion, George Foreman, isn't buying any of it.

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Deontay Wilder Blames Losing to Fury on His 'Black Knight' Walkout Costume

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While Wilder was unable to attend the post-fight press conference due to being in the hospital, the boxer did release a statement on Monday, where he shared that Fury's hits weren't what caused him to lose the match, but instead, his 'Black Knight' costume that he wore during his walkout.

"He didn't hurt me at all, but the simple fact is... that my uniform was way too heavy for me," the 34-year-old explained in his statement. "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."

'It Weighed 40, 40-some Pounds with the Helmet and All the Batteries'

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"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," Wilder continued. "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," the boxer concluded. "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."

Foreman Tells Wilder That He Needs to Come See Him, Get Some Real Training

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With Wilder putting out all the excuses for why he got obliterated and TKO'd in a matter of only seven rounds, the former heavyweight champion of the world, George Foreman, had some choice words for the boxer. "Maybe it's Time for Deontay Wilder, to come spend a 2-4 weeks with me," the former champ wrote on his Twitter account. "Happy for Fury; but see a need for Wilder."

Later that same day, Foreman shared that he thought Fury fought like an old school boxer, using some tricks from back in the day when Foreman, himself, boxed against the likes of Muhammad Ali. "He fought like a real 'Big Guy.' Used some old back in the day tricks," he wrote on Twitter.

Third Matchup Between Wilder and Fury is Scheduled to Take Place This Summer

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With the second match in the books, it's expected that we should be seeing a third and final meeting between the two. In their respective contracts, there is a cause to exercise a third matchup. Given that Wilder is dealing with a draw and a loss in the first two, his reputation depends on getting on another shot at taking Fury down.

Wilder is currently under a medical suspension that will last six weeks, meaning that the fight which was thought to be happening some time this summer might have to wait till later in the year.

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