Deontay Wilder has come up with yet another bizarre excuse for his defeat by Tyson Fury in their heavyweight rematch.
Glove tampering was one of the first conspiracy theories coming out of Fury’s seventh-round stoppage of the Bronze Bomber. But Wilder’s new proof that all was not right is an original one: that there were fingernail marks inside his ear.
“I haven’t yet heard valid proof of how gloves flap all the way back, why your hands were in the middle of the glove, why did my ear have scratches deep inside my ear? Because of your (Fury’s) nails,” Wilder (42-1-1, 41KOs) told Brian Custer on The Last Stand PodCast. “It’s so many different facts and proof that we have. But it just shows the greatness of it.”
The “Glove Gate” conspiracy theory initially exploded shortly after Wilder-Fury II, when numerous videos went up purporting to show that Fury had manipulated his gloves. Wilder, who had been quiet all summer long, broke his silence nearly two weeks ago in a viral video post on his social media in which he seemed to piggyback on the Glove Gate bunkum.
“I saw in the first fight when Ricky Hatton was pulling down your gloves to put your hand in the improper position,” Wilder said in the video. ”Y’all tried the same method the second time, but this time, you scratched flesh out of my ears which caused my ears to bleed.
“It’s impossible for a brand new 10 ounce glove to bend, to keep a smushed-in form or to have loose space. I highly believe you put something had in your glove. Something the size and the shape of an egg weight. It’s the reason why the side of my face swelled up in an egg weight form and it left a dent in my face as well. But in the midst of it all, you still couldn’t keep this king down. You would have had to kill me. In the end, it took a crab in the bucket referee and a disloyal trainer to throw the towel in just to stop me.”