‘I knew that he didn’t come in at 277lbs to be a ballet dancer’: Deontay Wilder admits Tyson Fury ‘succeeded’ in roughing him up in Saturday’s trilogy fight defeat after American was taken to hospital after 11th round stoppage
Deontay Wilder admitted Tyson Fury ‘succeeded’ in roughing him up in Saturday night’s trilogy fight, while admitting: ‘I also knew that (Fury) didn’t come in at 277lbs to be a ballet dancer.’
The American was beaten in a thrilling heavyweight contest that saw both fighters floored, before Fury knocked out Wilder in the 11th round, leaving the latter semi-conscious on the deck.
Wilder, who was admitted to Las Vegas’ University Medical Center after the fight, admitted that he tried his best against the Gypsy King and made reference to Fury’s 277lbs weight – the heaviest the Briton has ever been in his career.
Deontay Wilder (left) admitted that Tyson Fury ‘succeeded’ in roughing him up on Saturday
The Gypsy King (left) knocked out American Wilder in the 11th round to seal his trilogy fight win
‘I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight,’ Wilder said after the fight. ‘I’m not sure what happened.
‘I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn’t come in at 277lbs to be a ballet dancer. He came to lean on me, (tried) to rough me up and he succeeded.’
Fury was knocked down twice in the fourth round by Wilder, but recovered to pick up a win that sees him keep his WBC and Ring Magazine titles which keeps him in the hunt to become unified heavyweight champion.
The bout was waved off immediately by referee Russel Mora after Wilder was heavily floored for a third and final time in the 11th round.
Wilder (right) knocked Fury (left) down twice in the fourth round but could not seal the victory
The Gypsy King admitted that Wilder was in no mood to speak to him after the fight, before brandishing the American as a ‘sore loser’ and an ‘idiot’.
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.’
The American has 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.’
Fury (left) admitted that Wilder (right) was in no mood for pleasantries after the bout
The heavyweight world champion later said in his press conference: ‘How can you (Wilder) 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.’
While Wilder was clearly not in the mood for pleasantries, Fury signed off on the night in his typical style – singing ‘Walking in Memphis’ on the microphone.