Deontay Wilder Congratulates Tyson Fury On Win, Thankful For Memories ‘That Will Last Forever’

It’s been five days since Deontay Wilder suffered his second loss to Tyson Fury, capping off their historic trilogy fight.

In those five days, fans have praised Fury for constantly showing respect to Wilder while the latter didn’t return it.

On Thursday afternoon, Wilder issued a formal statement regarding his knockout loss to the Gypsy King. After video of Wilder telling Fury “I don’t respect you” after the fight has circulated on social media, his statement has offered more direction on his thoughts.

“We didn’t get the win but a wise man once said the victories are within the lessons,” part of his statement read.

“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,” he added.

The Bronze Bomber has been placed on a six-month medical suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and will have surgery on his right hand on Monday, co-manager Shelly Finkel said.

While less talkative and outgoing than Fury, Wilder’s determination to go the distance on Saturday spoke volumes.

Visibly drained and weakened, Wilder’s heart carried him to Round 11 – just until Fury floored him to the mat for the third and final time of the night. The Bronze Bomber even nabbed two knockdowns of his own in the earlier rounds.

“I think his mind wasn’t really there,” Finkel said about the boxers’ post-fight interaction. “I think if Deontay saw Fury now he would give him a big embrace.”

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