Tyson Fury, the reigning Boxing heavyweight champion, has slammed Deontay Wilder for refusing to put their feud to rest following their third bout in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 9.
Despite being knocked down twice in the fourth round, Fury triumphed with an 11th-round knockout to give it two wins and a draw from their three fights.
After taking a hammering in the later rounds of the battle, the Bronze Bomber was transported to the hospital for examinations.
Fury, 33, claims he tried to approach Deontay after his victory to shake his hand and hug him, but Wilder refused, referring to Wilder as a “sore loser” for not showing any “respect” for the winner.
Fury said: ‘I said “well done, mate” and he said “I don’t want to show any sportsmanship or respect.” I said “No problem.” I was very surprised. Sore loser. Idiot.’
Wilder repeatedly made excuses for his defeat in the pair’s second meeting – and claimed he won the first fight despite the decision of the judges.
‘I’m a sportsman,’ Fury added in an interview on BT Sport. ‘I went over to (Wilder to) show some love and respect and he didn’t want to show it back. So I pray for him.’
The heavyweight world champion later said in his press conference: ‘How can you say I’ve cheated when you know in your own heart and your whole team knows you got beat fair and square?
‘It’s a sore loser in boxing. He’s not the first one and he won’t be the last one. But I’ve acted like a gentleman throughout my career and that’s all I can do as a man.’
Speaking from the ring on how the fight developed, Fury said: ‘I was down a couple of times, I was hurt, Wilder is a strong puncher.
‘It was a great fight tonight. I will not make any excuses, Wilder is a top fighter, he gave me a run for my money. I always say I am the best fighter in the world and he is the second best.
‘Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down I can always deliver.’