a audio clip ESPN Ringside revealed that Deontay Wilder said, “I don’t respect you” when approached by WBC heavyweight champion and The Ring Tyson Fury after their epic third fight on Saturday.
Fury, who beat Wilder by KO in the 11th round at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, walked over to his opponent’s corner to show him his respect, although Wilder replied, “No love,” as he walked out of the ring without offering a post-fight interview.
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“To be a top fighter, man, you have to show courage and respect,” Fury told BT Sport Boxing. “And he couldn’t do it tonight. That was it.”
Wilder broke his silence with an Instagram post Thursday morning, congratulating Fury on his victory and “for the great historical memories that will last forever.”
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Fury and Wilder contributed to one of the best heavyweight fights in history on Saturday night. The fighters combined for five knockdowns – including Fury’s right hook in the 11th round to end the fight – and had several influencers and fans heavily impacted by the fight.
It was one of the biggest fights I have ever seen.
And the No. 1 is undefeated.
Congratulations to my friend and champion @Tyson_Fury
What a beautiful and resilient performance.
What a heart “on the shield” @BronzeBomber To.
I was inspired tonight by the two men🛡 # FuryWilder3
– Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) 10 October 2021
However, Fury and his side were very frustrated with Wilder’s lack of respect for his opponent on Saturday night. After the fight, Fury’s brother Shane called Wilder “not a good athlete.”
After his third fight against Wilder, Fury could fight WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, who is expected to fight former champion Anthony Joshua after exercising a rematch after their September 25 fight. Fury said ahead of his fight with Wilder that he plans to fight interim WBC heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte in December, although it’s not clear if that will happen.
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