Deontay Wilder has admitted that “something was wrong” causing his defeat to Tyson Fury but said “no-one should be surprised” by his desire to fight again.
Fury floored Wilder twice and stopped him in seven one-sided rounds to become WBC heavyweight champion 14 months after they initially fought to a draw. They are expected to fight again in October.
“In my eyes I don’t see Fury as a champion,” Wilder told Premier Boxing Champions’ podcast. “He ain’t the champion yet because we’ve still got one more fight left.”
Wilder insisted his body language was wrong: “When I took off my mask, the things that I was doing. I’ve been in this sport a very long time so people automatically know how I am. People that know boxing know that it wasn’t Deontay Wilder on that night. I was a zombie on that night.
“I wasn’t myself. I felt like a zombie.
“I’m still reflecting. I can’t believe the things that happened. I’m figuring things out.”
Wilder has previously claimed that his ring-walk outfit, weighing 40lbs, tired his legs and contributed to his loss.
The American, previously undefeated in 43 and feted as one of boxing’s all-time hardest punchers, intends to pursue his right to a third fight with Fury.
“No-one should be surprised. I am who I am, Deontay ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder,” he said.
“Why wouldn’t I want it?
“He knows that wasn’t me. I know that wasn’t me. That wasn’t the real Deontay Wilder, something was wrong.
“There is more fuel on the fire. This is the final straw.”
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