Deontay Wilder breaks silence, congratulates Tyson Fury
Deontay Wilder broke his four-day silence and praised Tyson Fury after their heavyweight fight for the ages on Saturday. Fury won through knockout in the 11th round, providing him the 2-0-1 series triumph. The battle was considered an instantaneous classic by fans.
Fury informed BT Sports Ticket office that Wilder informed him he “didn’t want to show any sportsmanship or respect” after the loss. It wasn’t up until an Instagram post on Thursday that Wilder acknowledged Fury for winning the fight.
Wilder composed on Instagram:
“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 desired the win I delighted in seeing the fans win a lot more. Ideally, I showed that I am a real Warrior and a real King in this sport. Ideally, WE showed that no matter how tough you get struck with trials and adversities you can constantly choose yourself as much as live and combat once again for what you think in. Finally I want to praise @gypsyking101 (Tyson Fury) for his triumph and thank you for the terrific historic memories that will last permanently.”
He shared screenshots of the Instagram photo and caption on Twitter with three praying hands emojis.
Wilder broke his hand in the fight and will undergo surgery. He was given a six-month medical suspension and is unable to return to the ring until April 8, unless he is cleared to fight by a doctor before that.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.