Hours before their highly anticipated third fight, Deontay Wilder made a troubling accusation against rival Tyson Fury.
In the lead-up to the match, Wilder flagged an issue with Fury’s gloves.
Specifically, he identified the padding within them as unacceptable.
Here is the situation in Wilder’s own words:
“We had a little situation with the gloves,” Wilder said ahead of the bout. “I already got word of some funny stuff going on in the back of the gloves. When I got into the room I immediately asked about the gloves and was telling them about certain things that happened in the first event with his gloves being funny, how they were bending and folding, even showing certain clips of it.
“They [the commission officials] said they’ve been around boxing 25, 30 years, everybody feels since they’ve been around it they are some type of expert. But if you haven’t put a glove on and hit someone in the face to understand what type of damage it could do, or how mechanically a glove can work, it’s 25, 30 years down the toilet.”
As far as Wilder is concerned, Fury’s gloves lack the appropriate padding.
“What happened was Fury’s glove that he’s chosen, which is the same thing he had last time, had little to no padding,” Wilder continued. “The rest of it was horse hair, we thought horse hair was illegal and out of the question but they said it was [okay], so we said cool.
“They opened up my glove and my glove padding is at least two to three inches thick. His glove looks like they’ve already been used, already folded, bended, like they’ve been thrown in the trash and got back out and say, ‘we’re gonna reuse these’.”
It’s simply not enough protection, as far as Wilder is concerned.
“My argument was that this is not enough padding in these gloves,” he continued.
“They were trying to convince me the horse hair in the gloves makes up for everything because the horse hair is actually harder than the foam. I was telling them they were wrong because the thing about the horse hair is that over time the horse hair can spread. And if it spreads the horse hair gets thinner, that way you only feel that small padding that’s under the horse hair.”
Fans seemed to back Wilder in this particular instance.
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This obviously isn’t the first time the topic of Fury’s gloves has dominated the discussion surrounding his rivalry with Wilder.
After their second bout, video emerged that some claimed suggested Fury’s gloves had been loaded.
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Fury, for his part, responded to those allegations much in the way you’d expect.
One way or another, this match-up is going down Saturday night. If Wilder wins, all the glove talk will likely be forgotten. Should he lose, however – expect it to be brought up a decent amount in the aftermath.