Deontay Wilder has complained about the gloves that Tyson Fury will be using for their trilogy fight in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Fury has faced several accusations of cheating from Wilder following their second fight in February 2020, with Wilder claiming that Fury had hidden ‘something the size and the shape of an egg weight’ in his gloves.
During the routine glove inspection with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) officials on Friday, Wilder’s team raised concerns over the horse hair that is used as padding inside Fury’s gloves, which are manufactured by Paffen Sport.
Both Fury and Wilder have been given four pairs of the same gloves to choose from for the fight, however one glove from each set was cut open by NSAC officials in order to prove that legitimate padding is being used.
However, Wilder is unhappy with the use of horse hair and claims Fury is able to separate it if he pushes and squeezes his gloves together, which reduces the amount of padding.
Wilder has now revealed that he has changed his gloves and will be using a pair of Everlast MX ‘to be on fair playing ground’.
Meanwhile, NASC officials are adamant that Fury’s gloves are acceptable and meet its regulations for the fight.
‘We had a little situation with the gloves,’ Wilder told 78SportsTV.
‘I already got word of some funny stuff going on in the back of the gloves.
‘When I got into the room I immediately asked about the gloves and was telling them about certain things that happened in the first event with his gloves being funny, how they were bending and folding, even showing certain clips of it.
‘They [NASC officials] said they’ve been around boxing 25, 30 years, everybody feels since they’ve been around it they are some type of expert.
‘But if you haven’t put a glove on and hit someone in the face to understand what type of damage it could do, or how mechanically a glove can work, it’s 25, 30 years down the toilet.
‘You can cut open a glove all day and look inside and still not know what’s going on.
‘What happened was Fury’s glove that he’s chosen, which is the same thing he had last time, had little to no padding. The rest of it was horse hair, we thought horse hair was illegal and out of the question but they said it was [okay], so we said cool.
‘They opened up my glove and my glove padding is at least two to three inches thick. His glove looks like they’ve already been used, already folded, bended, like they’ve been thrown in the trash and got back out and say, ‘we’re gonna reuse these’.
‘My argument was that this is not enough padding in these gloves. They [NASC officials] were trying to convince me the horse hair in the gloves makes up for everything because the horse hair is actually harder than the foam.
‘I was telling them they were wrong because the thing about the horse hair is that over time the horse hair can spread, and if it spreads the horse hair gets thinner, that way you only feel that small padding that’s under the horse hair.
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‘The man [the NASC official] tried to go on and explain the lining [on the glove] means it [the horse hair] can’t go anywhere. Of course it can’t go down but it can go left to right in the pad. I started to explain to him of course it can’t go down but it can go left to right. You can just put your hands together and the horse hair will start to expand [separate], so now you’ll just have a fist [in your glove], a top secret weapon.
‘I was trying to educate him [the NASC official] on it. One of the guys was trying to say the gloves bend at a 90 degree angle. I had to take my glasses off and look at him so they knew I was real.
‘As I started explaining more and we got into it more they said, ‘if you want to be on the same playing field you can wear the same gloves or get another selection of gloves’. I said, ‘okay, let me get my [Everlast] MX’.
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‘Everybody knows about the MX, those are puncher’s gloves, when they first came out I was breaking eye sockets, breaking wrists, I even broke my hand a couple of times but I think my hand wraps were too tight and I have so much power that all that force was going in one place and cracking my own hands. So I went back to my old MX to be on fair playing ground.
‘We got it all situated. We’re back at it, I’m very happy with what’s going on with the gloves. Since they want little to no padding in the gloves, we’re going to have the same thing and may the best man win.’
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