Deontay Wilder has been slammed by boxing fans for his reaction to Terence Crawford’s knockout win over Errol Spence on Saturday night.
The former WBC heavyweight world champion was ringside for the bout and made it clear beforehand that he was rooting for his long-time friend and PBC stablemate Spence.
However, the fight did not go as he’d hoped.
Crawford dominated and floored Spence three times before getting the knockout in round nine.
Earlier in the week, there was plenty of speculation about the boxers’ ability to safely make the welterweight (147lbs) limit.
Some fans had claimed that both men looked ‘drained’ at their final press conference on Thursday.
After the fight, Wilder expressed that this could be a reason why Spence was not at his best.
“It seemed like Errol was a little drained and he couldn’t really do what he needed to do,” Wilder told reporters as he left the arena.
“Bud definitely took advantage of that… I really think Errol over-dehydrated himself, you could see it in his skin and in his eyes.”
However, Wilder did give Crawford credit as he added: “Tonight he proved that he’s the best of all.
“The way he did it – he did it with ease, he did it with calmness. It looked like he was just in another dimension at this moment in time.”
Regardless, some boxing fans were less than impressed by Wilder’s ‘drained’ comments and compared this to the excuses he made after his own defeats to Tyson Fury.
One fan commented: “The king of excuses strikes again smh.”
A second wrote: “LMFAOO wilder is hilarious bro.”
And a third said: “Wilder always coming up with EXCUSES UPON EXCUSES.”
Former world champion Ishe Smith chimed in and concluded: “Here come the excuses, this wasn’t a catch weight fight. This man earned 3 titles at this weight now he’s drained. My God.”
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