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Wilder: Bleeding From Ear Didn't Affect Me At All; No Eardrum Damage

Deontay Wilder says he was adversely affected by the 40-plus-pound costume he wore into the ring Saturday night, Tyson Fury’s fouls and referee Kenny Bayless’ unwillingness to enforce the rules. (photo by Ryan Hafey)

Wilder was not bothered, however, by blood flowing from his left ear for much of a rematch Fury won by seventh-round technical knockout at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The former WBC heavyweight champion told that the unusual cut inside his left ear “didn’t affect me at all” once it opened in the third round.

That small cut required seven stitches when Wilder went to a Las Vegas hospital following his first professional defeat. Doctors told him, though, that he didn’t sustain eardrum damage, nor did he suffer a concussion.

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Jay Deas, Wilder’s head trainer and cut man, tried to control the bleeding, but he had difficulty tending to the wound between rounds.

“I have no idea how that occurred,” Wilder said. “And it was in a weird position in my ear as well. That’s why they couldn’t really get to it. But I don’t know how that happened.”

Wilder added that the cut in his ear had no negative impact on his equilibrium. His bad balance had more to do with having “no legs” by the second round, according to Wilder.

“It didn’t affect me at all,” Wilder said of the cut in his ear. “When you’re in there and you’re fighting, and you’re a warrior, man, I can only speak from myself, I don’t worry about certain things. My adrenaline is very high in there. I knew it was bleeding, but I don’t think it was affecting me. It didn’t affect me like the rabbit punches and stuff like that. Getting hit on the back of the head and the neck, that affected me more than anything.”

Wilder figures blood flowing from his ear probably looked worse than it felt because it’s such an uncommon occurrence in boxing.

“My eardrum didn’t get busted,” Wilder said. “Usually, when your eardrum gets busted, you know, it affects certain things. It was just some type of scratch or opening inside of my ear. That was about it.”

The 34-year-old Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) suffered two knockdowns, one apiece in the third and fifth rounds, on his way to losing a championship he had owned for five years.

The 31-year-old Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) became the first opponent to drop Wilder in more than nine years, since journeyman Harold Sconiers sent him to the canvas in the first round of their October 2010 bout in Indio, California. Wilder withstood that knockdown, dropped Sconiers four times and won their bout by fourth-round TKO.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by sterling on 02-28-2020

I have to admit, it is getting harder and harder to believe the excuses wilder keeps coming out with. He just needs to stop talking and regroup.

Comment by P4Pdunny on 02-27-2020

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;20424230]Yeah he did catch a bad one. He just need some time to get it together. Its gotta be hard that the first time you lost as a pro is by your corner throwing in the towel on a PPV…

Comment by lowblows420 on 02-27-2020

Twas deontays vag1na not ear drum bleeding let's get it clear

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 02-27-2020

OK let's get out the checklist. So far we've ruled out the ear, the costume was the real problem, he was fine... it was just a bad stoppage, and his legs went wacko. Soon we'll hear that his horoscope was…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 02-27-2020

Quote: Originally Posted by HaymonsWorld pr teams are for dirty gypsi junkys lmfao not for real ones..... [QUOTE=Griever0730;20423005]Lol. How those lemons taste bruh? PR teams are exactly for guys Wilder who don't know what to say in the face of…

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