Deontay Wilder breaks silence and congratulates Tyson Fury with first statement after KO defeat
Deontay Wilder has released his first statement following his KO defeat to Tyson Fury on Saturday night.
The ‘Gypsy King’ and ‘Bronze Bomber’ produced a legendary battle for the ages as they were both down twice before Fury won by knockout in the 11th round.
Wilder wrote on social media: “Wow, what a hell of a night!
“I would like to first and foremost thank God for allowing me to give the world another part of me that’s driven with passion and determination.
“I would like to thank my team and my fans for sticking by my side through this long process.
“I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t disappointed in the outcome but after reflecting on my journey, I now see that what God wanted me to experience is far greater than what I expected to happen.
“We didn’t get the win but a wise man once said the victories are within the lessons. I’ve learned that sometimes you have to lose to win.
“Although, I wanted the win I enjoyed seeing the fans win even more.
“Hopefully, I proved that I am a true warrior and a true king in this sport.
“Hopefully, WE proved that no matter how hard you get hit with trials and tribulations you can always pick yourself up to live and fight again for what you believe in.
“Last but not least I would like to congratulate Tyson Fury for his victory and thank you for the great historical memories that will last forever.”
Prior to the bout, there was a great deal of bitterness between them as Wilder believed Fury cheated in their last meeting.
Despite this, the ‘Gypsy King’ approached him to show respect immeditaly after the KO, but was rebuffed.
Fury told BT Sport: “I said, ‘Well done, mate,’ and he said ‘I don’t want to show any sportsmanship or respect’. I said ‘No problem.’
“Very surprised. Sore loser. Idiot.”
Now, Wilder has changed his tune with the classy statement.