Former world champion Carl Froch is not convinced that Deontay Wilder was hindered by his elaborate ring walk outfit on Saturday, for the rematch with Tyson Fury at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Fury dropped Wilder twice, before eventually stopping him in the seventh round to capture the WBC heavyweight title.
Wilder has claimed in the aftermath that his ring walk outfit had weighed around 40-pounds or more, and carry the extra mass for a period of time had severely weakened his legs.
Froch was very impressed by the performance for Fury and believes it's the best win by a fighter of his size.
He says Wilder's back is against to wall, and forces him to exercise the clause for an immediate third fight - but views that scenario as a dangerous proposition for the once-beaten puncher.
"I think you have to laugh, and I think most people have laughed," said Froch. "They don't take that excuse seriously surely, but it did look heavy. To blame the ring walk costume, for me it's ridiculous.
"Tyson Fury was pretty good on the night and he was landing a lot of punches. I think that's the reason he got beat and not the outfit. I was really, really impressed. I thought it was an outstanding performance. Not many people thought he could do what he did. He actually did tell everyone he was going to go in there and stop Deontay Wilder, but to do it in the manner in which he did it, nobody expected. I just thought his performance was one of the best performances in a ring I've seen by a heavyweight fighter of his size. It was phenomenal, I was amazed and I think a lot of people agree with this.
"I think Deontay Wilder kind of just has to take the rematch. He's trying to blame it on the ring walk, he's trying to say his legs were weak, but if that's the case, then he needs to take the immediate rematch and right the wrong. I think it's a dangerous rematch, especially an immediate rematch for Wilder. I think it's a bad move if he does that. I can't see it happening to be honest."