Deontay Wilder’s Conversation After Tyson Fury’s Fight Revealed: ‘I Will Never Respect You’
Tyson Fury attacked Deontay Wilder after the American refused to show him any respect in the immediate aftermath of their stunning trilogy fight last weekend, as the pair’s conversation comes to light.
The Gypsy King finally ended their longstanding rivalry with an emphatic win in Las Vegas, surviving two knockdowns, both in the fourth round, while retaining his WBC heavyweight belt.
Despite the fierce animosity between the two leading up to the trilogy, Fury went to his rival’s corner to console the American, who received high praise for his brave performance over the 11 rounds.
Tyson Fury retained his WBC belt with an 11th round win over Deontay Wilder
Fury approached Wilder in the ring – only to be told he wouldn’t show sportsmanship
Fury was angry at his opponent’s unwillingness to show any respect, as is customary at the end of a fight.
After crossing the ring to the corner of the opposition where a battered and bleeding Wilder sat on his stool, Fury was greeted with a message of “no love” from his American counterpart, according to Top Rank Via the Sun.
Fury, clearly annoyed by Wilder’s response, replied: ‘Never mind love, there is respect.
“You’ve been beaten fairly tonight. That is it. I respect you because I’m a man.’
Wilder, who gave up his long-held WBC belt during their rematch outing in February last year, made a number of allegations against the Briton following the defeat.
The 35-year-old doubled down on his claims at the latest pre-game press conference last weekend, saying that ‘your eyes don’t lie’ and insisting he was cheated only made him stronger.
The former champion obviously held on to his bad feeling after the trilogy match, replying: ‘I won’t respect you, I won’t respect you. I will never respect you.’
Fury was quickly sent away, but said beforehand: ‘Don’t show a bad sport, you lost honestly.’
Both fighters hit the deck in an exciting match, but it was Fury who claimed the win
Fury also targeted Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel in the immediate aftermath of the fight
The Gypsy King wasn’t done there, though, when he went to talk to Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel, who had been adamant that his fighter would achieve redemption with a win of his own.
“Listen, I’ve never cheated in all my life,” Fury said. ‘I played fair.
“He hates me, I don’t know why. But let me tell you, he lost like a man tonight. He put me down three (two) times, I had to put him down four (three).’
However, Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott, who replaced former coach Mark Breland after the veteran American threw in the towel in the rematch, paid tribute to Fury and his team.
The former heavyweight boxer insisted that his fighter put in a great performance but was simply beaten by the better boxer on the night.
“Deontay sees Fury as a man with whom he had serious issues regarding allegations and things he had seen,” Scott told ESNEWS. “After they released all that energy, he still felt the way he felt.”
“I’ve always said in this whole build-up – I’ve never complained about his skills or the kind of fighter he was,” he added. “I’ve always said he’s not good, he’s very, very good and damn almost amazing.
“Well, after tonight I’m going to think of him as a great fighter. Much respect for him, much respect for SugarHill (Steward, Fury’s coach). After the last knockdown, the referee waved it off, I had no problem with it.
“Deontay fought his heart out. He was great, Fury was bigger tonight. The best man won. The heavyweight division is on fire.”
Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott (right) admitted his fighter was simply beaten by the better man
While Wilder and his team have since outlined their intent to return to the ring, with a possible match-up with Anthony Joshua, Fury will most likely face mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte in a forthcoming homecoming match.
Fury has also suggested towards a possible retirement. He told The Telegraph: ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen. I have one fight left on my contract with Top Rank and ESPN and we’ll see what that is.
“But I’m not thinking about boxing right now. I don’t know how many fights I have left. I don’t know if I still have to fight. I don’t know what the future will bring.
“I’m motivated to get up in the morning, exercise a little and enjoy my day. I have no goals in boxing, I did everything and won everything, the only one who did it in my time.
“I will always have been the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF, Ring magazine champion, that won’t evaporate into history, but once it’s done, it’s done and you can’t get it back.
“Once you’re done, it doesn’t matter how many belts you have, who you beat, what your record is. You’re just a naked bum in the shower and I’ve always had that opinion.’
Fury will most likely take on UK’s next WBC challenger Dillian Whyte