Hatton hits back at Wilder's string of excuses for defeat to Fury

‘He needs to keep his mouth shut’: Ricky Hatton hits back at Deontay Wilder’s string of excuses for his defeat by Tyson Fury and calls them ‘an absolute insult’, telling the American to ‘let his fighting do the talking’

  • Deontay Wilder has continuously offered poor excuses for his Tyson Fury defeat
  • He claimed Fury had weights in his gloves and his walk out robe was too heavy
  • Last week he even said his water was ‘tampered with’ by trainer Mark Breland
  • Ricky Hatton, who worked in Fury’s corner for the fight, called Wilder ‘ludicrous’ 

Ricky Hatton has hit back at Deontay Wilder, declaring the American’s raft of excuses for his defeat by Tyson Fury as ‘an absolute insult’.

Wilder lost his unbeaten record after he was stunned by the Gypsy King in Las Vegas back in February, with trainer Mark Breland throwing in the towel in the seventh round.  

The American heavyweight has since reeled off a string of pathetic excuses, such as Fury was using weights in his gloves and his walkout costume was too heavy. Last week he even said his water was ‘tampered with’ by Breland. 

Ricky Hatton has slammed Deontay Wilder’s desperate excuses for his defeat by Tyson Fury

Wilder lost to Tyson Fury in February after Breland threw in the towel in the seventh round

When asked for his thoughts on Wilder’s refusal to accept defeat Hatton, who was in Fury’s corner, slammed the Bronze Bomber’s claims as ‘ludicrous’ and said it left the camp feeling insulted.

Speaking to Behind The Gloves, the former light-welterweight world champion said: ‘It’s absolutely ludicrous. Tampering with gloves is impossible to do.

‘The officials in the changing rooms sign the bandages off, feel the gloves, touch the gloves, they do the tape, it is actually impossible to get anything squeezed into the gloves. 

‘I am a former world champ, I’d like to think a respected world champion, a boxing trainer now and don’t forget Freddie Roach is in my corner, he’s had more world champions than hot dinners.

‘And Ben Davison, he’s had world champions, three people held in high regard in boxing terms. To accuse [us of] something so pathetic, that physically cannot happen, was upsetting from a fellow pro.

‘I think I speak for them that I see it as an absolute insult. If he keeps coming out with innuendo like he is, he will tarnish his legacy and his career, it’s madness. 

‘His suit was too heavy, Mark Breland spiked his water, Tyson had things down his gloves, I’ve found it quite entertaining to be honest with you. From one pro to another, he needs to keep his mouth shut and let his fighting do the talking.’

Fury responded to Wilder’s spiked water accusations, brushing away his claims and saying ‘it’s one of those things’.  

Wilder made his sensational claims against Fury in a self-published video posted last month

Wilder previously claimed his ring-walk costume was too heavy and affected his legs

He told talkSPORT: ‘I think he has lost his marbles! First of all it was the suit, then it was the bicep injury, then his trainer was on our team, then the referee was against him, then I had weights in my gloves… 

‘Now someone has spiked his water… It’s one of those things, isn’t it.’   

Wilder fired Breland following his loss, but the 35-year-old has seemingly missed out on the opportunity of a trilogy fight against Fury, who is set to fight before the year is out. 

Sportsmail revealed negotiations between the pair had been called off last month after the rematch clause expired. Fury said he had ‘moved on’ after becoming frustrated by Wilder changing the dates initially agreed.  

But reports on Tuesday claimed Wilder is attempting to force Fury into a trilogy fight through mediation.

The Athletic claimed Wilder’s camp have initiated a dispute resolution provision in an attempt to enforce the third fight, which would put Fury’s homecoming at risk. 

The trilogy bout had originally been scheduled for October but the inability to have a crowd in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic saw it pushed back, before discussions were abandoned after failing to settle on a date and the expiration of Wilder’s rematch clause. 

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