Wilder ‘sparred with jabs’, broke hand weeks before Fury training camp
Deontay Wilder has revealed that he suffered a broken right hand twelve weeks before training camp began for the Tyson Fury fight.
The WBC heavyweight ruler almost managed to nail Fury to the canvas on Saturday night. But has since outlined he suffered the ailment just three months before preparations started.
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Speaking to Randy Gordon and Gerry Cooney, Wilder was honest in his assessment of his performance.
“Twelve weeks before the camp I broke my hand. I don’t make excuses. People don’t know these things,” Wilder told Sirius XM Boxing Radio.
“I broke my right hand 12 weeks before the camp. Even in camp I barely ever threw my right hand; you can ask all my sparring partners.
“That could have been another reason why I was so off as well too. I had all these sparring partners and most of the whole camp was nothing but jabs.
“I don’t make excuses. It was a great fight. You got the best of Tyson Fury and you only got the half-best of me.
“And I still did what I had to do. Imagine me with my full potential. That was all my fault; I blame myself.”
Despite being hampered prior, Wilder managed to enhance his stock in one of the Fights of the Year with the Briton.
A rematch is set to take place in the spring, with Wembley Stadium or Las Vegas in the running to host.
Unified ruler Anthony Joshua has expressed his interest in fighting either, although looks certain to miss out once again.
A rematch with Dillian Whyte is expected to go ahead as planned on April 13.
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