Tyson Fury (left) and Deontay Wilder exchange blows during their fight for the WBC Heavyweight Championship on October 9, 2021 in Las Vegas.
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Tyson Fury says Deontay Wilder refused to show “athleticism or respect” after knocking out the American in their third WBC heavyweight title bout.
The British star eventually ended his long saga with Wilder after causing a devastating knockout in the 11th round to keep his WBC heavyweight title in Las Vegas.
But Fury has accused Wilder of refusing his respectful words when he walked into the American’s corner after the fight.
“I won’t find any excuses, Wilder is a top fighter,” said Fury.
“He gave me a real run for my money tonight and I’ve always said that I’m the best in the world and he’s the second best.
“He doesn’t love me Deontay Wilder because you know why, because I hit him three times.
“I’m an athlete. I went to him to show him some love and respect and he didn’t want to give it back. That’s his problem.”
To be a top fighter you have to show courage and respect, and he couldn’t do it tonight and that was it.
WBC heavyweight champion
Revealing their verbal exchange, Fury told BT Sport Box Office, “I just said well done and he said, ‘I don’t want to show sportsmanship or respect.’ I said, ‘No problem.’
“Very surprised. Wonder loser, an idiot.
“To be a top fighter you have to show courage and respect, and he couldn’t do it tonight and that was it.”
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Fury had knocked Wilder to the ground in the third round but was dropped twice in the fourth himself before knocking down the Alabama man again in the 10th, then ending the fight dramatically.
“I have to thank my trainer Sugarhill because without Sugar, America’s own Detroit, I wouldn’t have made it through this fight tonight,” said Fury.
“He told me. He said, ‘Get your jab working a big dog and throw right hand in the middle. Only the big dogs pull it out late in fights.’
“I said, ‘Yes, I have you’ and I went and pulled it out of my pocket.”
Fury maintained his unbeaten record of 32 fights and bolstered his status as the division’s leading champion after Anthony Joshua lost his WBA, IBF and WBO belts in a unanimous loss to Oleksandr Usyk last month.
“I’m now without a doubt the biggest heavyweight of my era,” said Fury.
“No. 1. Look what I did.
“I’ve come to America for my last six fights and fought the most devastating puncher in the history of our sport.
“Not once, not twice, but three times.”