Deontay Wilder broke his hand during his enthralling trilogy bout with Tyson Fury Malik Scott has claimed, as the Bronze Bomber’s trainer offered up an explanation for the American’s snub of the Gypsy King after their blockbuster.
Wilder, 35, floored Fury, 33, twice in the fourth round in Las Vegas having been decked himself in the third, before the Briton rallied to end the fight in the 11th round.
The heavyweight titans entered the fight with plenty of animosity. Fury was angered by Wilder’s cheating allegations from their second fight in February 2020, and the American vowed to use gloves with thinner padding after taking umbrage with the horse hair used in Fury’s gloves before the fight.
Deontay Wilder broke his hand during his thriller with Tyson Fury, his trainer has claimed
‘I’m very happy with what’s going on with the gloves,’ Wilder said before the fight, via Michael Benson. ‘Since they wanna have little-to-no padding, we’re gonna have the same. May the best man win.’
And now Wilder’s trainer, Malik Scott, has revealed that his fighter broke his hand during the eleven-round contest. The 35-year-old was taken to hospital but is now recovering in a Las Vegas hotel.
‘I took him up into his room, he’s seen a doctor afterwards,’ he told ESNews after the bout.
‘Everything’s cool… he busted his lip, he broke his hand, broke his finger, knuckle, something like that. But life goes on.’
Wilder, 35, was knocked out by the Gypsy King, 33, after eleven sensational rounds of action
The American’s trainer, Malik Scott, says that his man broke his hand during the fight
The cause of the injury is unknown, although Wilder opted to use gloves with thinner padding after taking issue with Fury using gloves with horse hair before the fight
It is not known whether the injury was caused by the thinner padding of Wilder’s gloves, but the latest claim by his team adds to a list of lamentable excuses used by the Bronze Bomber after their fight 20 months ago.
The 35-year-old had claimed that his poor performance was due to his ringwalk outfit weighing too much, that Fury had eggweights in his gloves, that his water was spiked and that his old trainer, Mark Breland, was disloyal in throwing in the towel.
After Fury’s victory, the Gypsy King was disappointed that Wilder was not able to put his differences to one side and embrace his heavyweight rival in the ring, with the 33-year-old blasting the American’s lack of sportsmanship.
Scott added that despite putting everything on the line in the ring, nothing has changed Wilder’s attitude towards Fury.
Fury was upset with Wilder’s lack of sportsmanship in refusing to embrace him after the fight
Scott said that Wilder still holds negative energy towards Fury despite their thrilling fight
‘Deontay looks at Fury as a man he had serious issues with concerning allegations and things he’d seen,’ he said. ‘After they released all that energy, he still felt the way he felt.’
Wilder is yet to make any excuses himself after Saturday night’s fight, and admitted that he wasn’t ‘good enough’ following his defeat by Fury.
‘I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight. I’m not sure what happened,’ he said.
‘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.’