Deontay Wilder raised more than a few eyebrows after he blamed his seventh round technical knockout loss to Tyson Fury last Saturday (Feb. 22, 2020) on his walkout attire, which according to “Bronze Bomber,” weighed more than 40 pounds and sapped his energy as he was making his walk to the ring.
But his reason for a lack of offensive output will now hold a bit less weight (pun intended), as footage has emerged of Wilder revealing on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast that he is accustomed to training full speed with a 45-pound vest on.
In a December 2018 interview, Deontay Wilder told Joe Rogan that he wears a 45 lbs vest during training sessions. pic.twitter.com/SHjEWZxOyf— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) February 26, 2020
“We want to activate the fast twitch muscles. We do everything with rapid speed. If I am doing anything that consists of me moving my feet we’re sprinting,” Wilder said. “And I wear a 45-pound vest on me, as well, in all of my exercises and everything I do to have that extra weight on me.”
One would therefore assume that Wilder would be accustomed to the extra costume weight — if he followed a similar training regimen for the Fury rematch — and a stroll down to the ring shouldn't not have had a major effect on his legs. Despite being dropped by Fury and getting busted up enough force Wilder’s corner to throw in the towel, Wilder has been adamant that “Gypsy King” didn’t hurt him.
Nevertheless, Wilder is sticking to his story, and we will likely not see him wearing another extravagant $40,000 costume when the two big men collide for a trilogy match later this year or early next.