Deontay Wilder broke his arm and had surgery in build up to Tyson Fury fight

Deontay Wilder broke his arm and had surgery in build up to Tyson Fury fight

The 33-year-old battled to a controversial draw with the Brit on Saturday with many believing the Gypsy King should have been crowned the new WBC champion.

Wilder was widely believed to be behind points, despite knocking Fury down twice, but the three judges were split on the result.

But now the American has claimed he broke his arm just 12 weeks before he began training for the showdown.

According to talkSPORT, Wilder told reporters on the streets of LA after the fight: “Twelve weeks before camp I broke my [right] arm. We kept that a secret.

“I had surgery and everything. All the way up here I got cut.

“I was sparring, just getting ready and I was getting the best of my sparring partner.

“I was going to the body and he turned. His elbow was out. My bones and his elbow went in like a hammer to a nail and it just broke it.”

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Wilder decided to keep the blow quiet and insists he is not using it as an excuse now the fight is over.

Although he does claim it had a huge impact on his preparations, saying: “We wanted to keep that sowed up, we don’t make excuses.

“I barely threw any [right hand] punches my whole entire camp.”

Meanwhile Wilder has opened the door to a rematch and is adamant he wants to settle the score with Fury once and for all.

He posted a social media message saying: “The fans are the real winner and I can't wait for #WilderFury2. To end the controversial talk around the world once and for all.

“It was an amazing fight and I wanted nothing but greatness to come from this. The fight lived up to the hype more than ever.

“You saw the best Fury but you did not get the best Wilder and I still managed to get the job done. We won this fight.

“To beat the champion you must dominate the champ and to me I was the more aggressive fighter and landed the more effective punches.”

Tyson Fury punch stats show how Gypsy King outclassed Deontay Wilder

TYSON FURY was a far more efficient boxing machine than Deontay Wilder, the punch stats show.

The Gypsy King was knocked to the canvas in the ninth and 12th rounds but got back up both times.

The second in particular stunned Wilder, who looked astonished at seeing the 6ft 9ins Fury get back to his feet just seconds after he had taunted him with a throat-slit gesture.

Most viewers felt Fury was a class above the WBC heavyweight champ – with Floyd Mayweather being among the many "disgusted" the fight ended in a controversial draw.

And the stats from the bout show Fury – whose battered face has been revealed in new pictures – put in a far more clinical overall performance despite twice going down.

Click here to see the full breakdown.

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