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Deontay Wilder in new excuse over shock loss to Joseph Parker

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Wilder disregards Parker’s defeat and offers a reason behind the result.

Deontay Wilder has blamed travel as one of the reasons behind his surprising loss to Joseph Parker last year.

The American suffered a shock loss to Parker at December’s Day of Reckoning event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, thanks to a unanimous decision by the judges.

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The 38-year-old has repeatedly dismissed the loss and in a new interview with Seckbach the former WBC Heavyweight Champion has blamed the amount time he spent travelling in training as a reason for his performance in the fight.

Wilder said: “It was a boring fight, nothing really happened. I went right back to training the next day. He really didn’t do nothing, they just went off the little flurries or whatever. In the training for that I had to travel two times, 20 hours of travelling. And those guys were already in Europe, they were only 2/3 hours away. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying what I had to go through.

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