WBC boss reveals what he saw backstage at Fury-Wilder amid glove tampering claim

Mauricio Sulaiman has branded conspiracy theories that Tyson Fury tampered with his gloves before beating Deontay Wilder as ‘ridiculous’.

The bizarre explanation for Wilder’s defeat has refused to go away since the fight in February and Fury responded angrily to the suggestion this week.

Wilder’s brother has even claimed there was a ‘blunt object’ in Fury’s gloves, but WBC president Sulaiman insists he saw the Gypsy King wrap his hands backstage.

‘It’s ridiculous,’ Sulaiman told Sky Sports. ‘It’s difficult to understand.

‘I was present in both fights, I was in the dressing room, in both fights. Both Wilder and Fury dressing room.

‘One was in California, the other one was in Nevada. In both cases there were at least three inspectors, in each dressing room.

‘I was there before and after the fight. I saw the hand wraps, I saw them with the gloves.

‘I was in the ring when they came into the ring, and I was sitting right there during the fight.

‘At no moment, in either fight, I saw anything that would look suspicious whatsoever.

‘After the fight, they take off the gloves, they are handed to the commission.

‘It’s very sad, because to try and take away something from a huge victory, one of the greatest nights of the sport in the century, to try and put a blemish on that event, is so irresponsible, and so stupid.

‘It should not be given any consideration.’

WBC and lineal champion Fury was dumbfounded by the accusations, pointing out Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas was there when he had his hands wrapped and put on the gloves.

He said: ‘I’ve just read an article before saying that I might’ve had some blunt objects in my gloves? Yeah, two big 19 stone 7 – 275lbs destroyers in each glove.

‘So yeah, getting punched up the temple may do that to you.

‘Not unless Deontay Wilder’s own trainer Jay Deas was in on the conspiracy as well, along with all the Las Vegas State Commission guys who never left the room.

‘Jay Deas was in the room when I had my hands wrapped, he examined them. He was in there when I had my gloves put on, examined them.

‘Yeah and everybody else was in the room, they don’t leave you. We all know this.’

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