(AGENNDAWATCHDOG) – Deontay Wilder has been defended by George Foreman over his long list of elaborate excuses for his defeat against Tyson Fury, with the former world champion insisting he ‘couldn’t just say I lost’.
The Bronze Bomber suffered the first defeat of his professional career as Fury stopped him in seven rounds to wrench away his WBC world title.
Wilder has since made a number of excuses for the defeat and even accused Fury of cheating by hiding a hard object in his gloves and his ex-trainer Mark Breland of spiking his water with muscle relaxers.
Wilder has been ridiculed for his failure to accept the defeat, with Bob Arum comparing him to Donald Trump and Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn even saying recently that he had ‘lost his mind’ after he doubled down on his theory that Breland had tampered with his water.
But Foreman, who himself went to extreme lengths to justify losing his famous Rumble in the Jungle battle with Muhammad Ali back in 1974, can sympathise with Wilder.
‘When I lost to Muhammad Ali in Africa all those years back, the ropes were loose, someone put something in my water, it was too early in the morning – the excuses went on,’ Foreman told IFL TV.
‘You’ve got to have excuses when you lose, especially when you’re undefeated. You can’t just say, “I lost”. You can’t say that.’
The 72-year-old believes Wilder can make an ‘excellent comeback’ but he is not in the heavyweight world title picture right now, having not fought since surrendering his WBC belt to Fury last year