An angry Wilder failed to exchange pleasantries with Fury following their fight.
Following his victory over Deontay Wilder, reigning world boxing heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has slammed Wilder for refusing to show sportsmanship after their fight at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. An eleventh round knockout saw Fury win the trilogy despite being knocked down twice in the fourth round. Wilder suffered heavy punches and had to be rushed to the hospital after the fight.
Fury, 33, said he approached Wilder for a handshake and hug after their fight, but the American shunned the British boxer. A not-too-pleased Fury blasted Wilder for his reaction, describing him as a “sore loser’’ for failing to show “respect’’ for the champion.
‘I said “well done, mate” and he said “I don’t want to show any sportsmanship or respect.” I said “No problem.” I was very surprised. Sore loser. Idiot.’
Wilder prior to their fight made excuses for his defeat to Fury in their second meeting with claims that Fury cheated despite the decision of the judges. Fury would go on during the press conference to say: “How can you say I’ve cheated when you know in your own heart and your whole team knows you got beat fair and square?’’
“It’s a sore loser in boxing. He’s not the first one and he won’t be the last one. But I’ve acted like a gentleman throughout my career and that’s all I can do as a man.’’
Saturday night’s fight was more of a vindication for Fury who has always said that he is the best fighter in the world. In an interview with BT Sport, Fury said: ‘I went over to (Wilder to) show some love and respect and he didn’t want to show it back. So I pray for him.’
Speaking further, Fury hailed Wilder for a great fight but insisted he is the best in the world.
I was down a couple of times, I was hurt, Wilder is a strong puncher. It was a great fight tonight. I will not make any excuses, Wilder is a top fighter, he gave me a run for my money. I always say I am the best fighter in the world and he is the second best. Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down I can always deliver
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