Boxing: Deontay Wilder says he was 'a zombie' during title defeat to Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury in action against Deontay Wilder.
Tyson Fury in action against Deontay Wilder. Photo credit: Getty

Dethroned world heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder says he still does not see conqueror Tyson Fury as the true titleholder.

The American has told a Premier Boxing Champions podcast that the real 'Bronze Bomber' didn't shown up for their last fight and likened his performance to that of a zombie.

"It's not over," says  the 34-year-old. "In my eyes, I don't see Fury as the champion.  

"He ain't the champion yet, we've still got one more fight left... and I'm looking forward to giving the world the best of Deontay Wilder.

"People that know boxing know that wasn't Deontay Wilder that night. I was a zombie that night... I wasn't myself, I felt like a zombie in there."

Fury overwhelmed Wilder in their Las Vegas rematch in February, seizing the WBC crown with a seventh-round stoppage. They had previously fought to a draw in December 2018.

Afterwards, Wilder claimed his legs had been weakened by his heavy costume of full dark armour and helmet that he wore to the ring to honor Black History Month.

"He knows that wasn't me," said the American. "I know that wasn't me.

"Everyone knows that wasn't the real Deontay Wilder, something was wrong," 

Wilder also reveals he had surgery on his left bicep after the loss.

A third bout between the two heavyweights was set for July, but has been pushed back, due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a likely date now in October.