In an interview with SiriusXM Boxing, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says that he suffered a broken hand 12 weeks before he opened training camp for Tyson Fury, and that his attempts to preserve the hand might’ve hindered his performance.
“12 weeks before the camp I broke my hand. You know, I don’t make excuses. People don’t know these things,” Wilder said.
“I broke my right hand 12 weeks before the camp so even in camp I barely would throw my right hand in camp. You can ask all my sparring partners. I was barely throwing the right hand. That could’ve been another reason of why I was so off as well, too.
“I had all of these sparring partners and most of the whole camp was nothing but jabs. I’m hanging in there with these guys with nothing but jabs...barely throwing the right hand because I wanted to reserve it for the fight — I didn’t want nothing to happen.
“But, like again, I don’t make excuses. It was a great fight. You know, you got the best of Tyson Fury but you only got the half-best of me and I still did what I had to do...Just only imagine me at my full potential. That was all my fault. I blame myself.”