Champions been making excuses for losing title before eg Foreman claiming had been drugged, Tyson and co claiming long count , something Tyson continued to claim even in retirement, . Excuses excuses, fact is the above is summed up in Dempseys quoted comment that he made to his wife after Tunney beat him, "Honey i forgot to duck". If Wilder intends to activate his right to rematch, then ok he has to accept, learn and improve with no excuses to himself for his performance. But to the public etc who will fund the fight purse, he is not going to be saying he was in tip top condition physically, mentally etc yet was outclassed, out fought and annihilated, no he is giving reasons (excuses) so punters will pay to see fight number 3, lot on this forum have insight into likely outcome of fight 3, but most of folk who buy PPV etc only know what the media report, and they choose to believe it. Title fights are all about the $$££, it is a money business first and foremost, so excuses for bad performance are the best damage limitation.