Deontay Wilder has astonishingly pointed out the connection between Anthony Dirrell and Tyson Fury’s trainer and suggested he ‘influenced’ the decision to throw the towel in.
The 34-year-old KO artist suffered his first professional loss as Fury outclassed and dominated him in their blockbuster rematch last Saturday.
Fury dropped his opponent twice and referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight in the seventh round as Wilder’s team threw in the towel.
And Wilder, who confirmed that he would activate his rematch clause, has conjured up a new conspiracy theory on his defeat.
Dirrell was seated near the former WBC champ’s corner and Wilder has accused the American boxer of ‘yelling’ at his trainers to stop the fight.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ added fuel to the fire by saying Dirrell is trained by Fury’s current trainer, Javan ‘SugarHill’ Steward, and he influenced the throwing in of the towel.
Wilder told Boxing Scene: “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. S**t, I was 42-0, you know, 10 consecutive title defences. 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. We’ve seen that many a times. I’m never out of a fight. And I’d rather go out on my shield and my sword than anything.
“You know, by [Breland] knowing that and then Jay [Deas], which is the head trainer, Jay told him not to do so. He still proceeded with it. It’s kinda hurtful, man. It really makes you think about different things. I don’t wanna put negative thoughts in my head or have any kind of conspiracy theories going on, but it makes you think.
“Somebody that did not something that’s not up to him, and even when they’re instructed not to, they still proceeded on.
“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 Dirrell. They said Dirrell was in back of him screaming, ‘Throw the towel in! We love our champ!’ And, you know, [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.
“A lot of people that’s around, a lot of people that was in my camp, and if everybody’s hearing it and if my people in the corner can hear him, and Mark said he can’t hear [him], there’s something wrong with that.
“It’s a lot going on with Mark as well. But, you know, we’re gonna make a big decision by the time I come back from Africa. And we’re gonna go from there.”
Wilder’s trainer, Jay Deas, has pinned his fighter’s defeat on his extravagant ring-walk outfit by suggesting it put a lot of weight on him.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ has backed up Deas on his claim and argued his legs were weakened by the costume he wore to the ring.