Deontay Wilder has blamed his elaborate ring-walk costume for his WBC heavyweight title defeat by Tyson Fury.
The American, 34, mentioned his costume was too heavy and consequently he “did not have the legs” for the combat.
Britain’s Fury, 31, produced a dominant show to win the title in Las Vegas on Saturday when Wilder’s nook threw within the towel within the seventh spherical.
Wilder additionally instructed US media he’ll train his rematch clause for a 3rd combat towards Fury.
“Fury did not damage me in any respect, however the easy truth is that my uniform was manner too heavy for me,” Wilder instructed Yahoo.
Wilder mentioned the costume, which featured armour, a masks and a crown, weighed no less than 40 kilos (18.1kg) and was a tribute to Black History Month.
Fury was carried to the ring on a throne, whereas additionally sporting a crown.
“I did not haven’t any legs from the start of the combat – within the third spherical, my legs have been simply shot all over,” added Wilder.
“I used to be solely capable of put it on [for the first time] the night time earlier than however I did not assume it was going to be that heavy.
“I wished it to be good and I suppose I put that earlier than something.”
Fury floored Wilder with a jab and right-hand mixture within the third spherical earlier than a left hand to the physique despatched the beforehand unbeaten Wilder down once more within the fifth.
Wilder was taken to hospital after the combat however mentioned he didn’t endure a concussion, damaged ear drum or damaged jaw as had been speculated, however did require stitches to shut a reduce in his ear.
He additionally criticised assistant coach Mark Breland for stopping the combat.
“I’m upset with Mark for the easy incontrovertible fact that we have talked about this many occasions and it is not emotional,” he mentioned.
“It just isn’t an emotional factor, it is a principal factor. We’ve talked about this case many, a few years earlier than this even occurred.
“I mentioned as a warrior, as a champion, as a pacesetter, as a ruler, I need to exit on my protect.
“So I instructed my staff to by no means, ever, it doesn’t matter what it might appear like, to by no means throw the towel in with me as a result of I’m a particular type. I nonetheless had 5 rounds left. No matter what it regarded like, I used to be nonetheless within the combat.”
“I perceive he was searching for me and attempting to do what he felt was proper, however that is my life and my profession and he has to just accept my needs.”
Wilder has 30 days to invoke the rematch clause in his contract so as to attempt to reclaim the title from Fury, having drawn their first encounter in December 2018.