Tyson Fury once again saw off Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas as the pair went at it for a third time and MMA star Conor McGregor has claimed the huge size difference was a major factor
Conor McGregor believes Deontay Wilder struggled to deal with Tyson Fury’s size advantage during his defeat to the Brit.
The Bronze Bomber was aiming to avenge his initial defeat to the Gypsy King, but instead lost for a second time in 20 months.
Fury stopped his opponent in the eleventh round having knocked him down on several occasions during the bout.
The Brit enjoyed a huge weight advantage despite Wilder weighing in heavier than ever and McGregor cited the huge disparity as a major factor in the Gypsy King’s win.
Fury came in at 19st 11lb (277lbs) whilst Wilder was 17st (238lb) – half a stone heavier than he was for his first defeat back in February of last year.
“Great fight that, both warriors, both winners,” the Irishman wrote on Twitter. “Hard to not be impressed with Deontay there; against the much larger man and almost got it done.
“Great fight [but] 40lb in weight difference is A LOT. Fair play both men there, very enjoyable fights they have had together. Respect.
“Their skill levels are unique but very close. A great heavyweight trilogy that was. I love when it gets set for certain and both have an honourable showing.
“Not the fam in the ring fake celebrating after a freak injury etc etc you know the gig, God bless the real in this world.
“Congrats Tyson and Paris. Me and Dee are so happy for you and the kids. Congrats Deontay and Telli also. Was great meeting you guys recently.
“A real proud showing that was, and could have went either way. Amazing! Happy Sunday now today with the cheddar and the memory’s God bless.”
Wilder confessed after the fight that the weight difference was an issue throughout the defeat.
Fury imposed himself physically and eventually wore down his American opponent.
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“I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight. I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn’t come in at 277 pounds to be a ballet dancer,” said Wilder.
“He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded.”
Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott has come out since the defeat and said that the American broke his hand.
“I took him up into his room, he’s seen a doctor afterwards,” he told ESNews.
“Everything’s cool… he busted his lip, he broke his hand, broke his finger, knuckle, something like that. But life goes on.”