Deontay Wilder has broken his silence on his loss to Tyson Fury, ignoring the elephant in the room when new video emerged of his post-fight snub.
Deontay Wilder has finally praised Tyson Fury for his brilliant victory in their trilogy fight last weekend.
Fury called the American an “idiot” and a “sore loser” when he was rejected by his great rival in the wake of the Las Vegas thriller.
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Wilder fell silent after losing by knockout in the 11th round as he began his recovery from a broken hand with question marks about where his boxing career is headed.
But the Bronze Bomber finally broke his silence with a stylish Instagram post on Friday morning (AEDT), thanking his team, fans, and Fury for “memories that will last forever.”
Wilder posted a photo in her red dress before the showdown and wrote, “Wow, what an amazing night!
“I would like first of all to thank God for allowing me to give the world another part of me that is driven with passion and determination.
“I would like to thank my team and my fans for being by my side during this long process.
“I would be lying if I said I was not disappointed with the outcome, but after reflecting on my journey, I now see that what God wanted me to experience is much greater than what He expected to happen.
“We didn’t get the victory, but a wise man once said that victories are within lessons. I learned that sometimes you have to lose to win.
“Although I wanted victory, I enjoyed watching the fans win even more.
“Hopefully, I proved that I am a true Warrior and a true King in this sport.
Hopefully WE prove that no matter how trials and tribulations hit you, you can always rise up to live and fight again for what you believe in.
“Last but not least, I would like to congratulate @ gypsyking101 on their victory and thank them for the great historical memories that will last forever.”
Wilder’s response to what many in boxing called one of the greatest fights of all time came when new images of his post-fight snub from Fury were posted.
In the clip, posted by Top Rank Boxing, Wilder can be heard saying “I don’t respect you” while Fury tells his rival that “he never cheated on me in my life” and Wilder lost “just enough.”
Wilder had restored much of his reputation when he dropped Fury twice before succumbing at the end of Sunday’s Instant Classic, after accusing his rival of cheating to win their rematch in February 2020.
But the battered and bruised American seemed to squander his chance to turn the iconic rivalry into a fantastic wrestling friendship with his in-ring demeanor afterwards, when Fury punched him for failing to congratulate his conqueror.
But Wilder’s co-director, Shelly Finkel, insisted the former champion respects Fury and would be open to accepting the peace offer now.
Finkel told The Sun: “He (Wilder) and I have talked about it and he does (I respect Fury).
“I think his mind wasn’t really there, I think if Deontay saw Fury now, he would give him a big hug.”
Wilder was feared to retire from boxing after the savage battle, where he suffered numerous injuries, including a fractured hand, knuckle and finger, which will be operated on next week.
But Finkel has confirmed that the 35-year-old will return in late April or May, and he’s looking at Anthony Joshua next.
Wilder has been denied a speedy return of the ring after receiving a six-month ban from doctors.
This story first appeared in Sun and was reproduced with permission