Deontay Wilder Breaks Silence After Devastating KO Defeat To Tyson Fury
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Deontay Wilder conceded that he didn’t do enough to beat fierce rival Tyson Fury for the WBC championship on Saturday.
The 35-year-old American star was floored in the third round by Fury during their huge trilogy fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
However, Wilder continued to fight on and managed to send WBC champ Fury crashing to the canvas twice in the fourth round.
Fury, who made his first successful defence of his WBC title, managed to weather the storm and continued to exert more pressure on his opponent.
The 33-year-old Brit superstar knocked Wilder down again in the 10th round before securing a victory in the 11th round with a stunning KO.
Wilder, who has now suffered back-to-back defeats to Fury, had launched a string of unsubstantiated claims that the Gypsy King had ‘cheated’ in their second fight.
However, the Bronze Bomber accepted that Fury had “succeeded” in ‘roughing him up’ in their exhilarating third heavyweight fight.
“I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight. I’m not sure what happened," Wilder said post-fight.
“I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn’t come in at 277 pounds to be a ballet dancer. He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded.”
Speaking after the fight, Fury insisted that his rivalry with Wilder was now over and added that it was “definitely a historic trilogy.”
The WBC champ said: “Me and Wilder’s saga is done now, done for good.
“It was definitely a historic trilogy. It swung both ways, both fighters had the opportunity to seize the moment and it was just that I showed the initiative and dug deeper and I wanted it more.
“Because at the end of the day, when it comes down to that sort of fight, it’s who’s willing to push further.”
Fury went over to the Wilder corner after the fight, but he claimed that the Bronze Bomber told him he didn’t “want to show any sportsmanship or respect.”
The Gypsy King will be eyeing up a unification clash down the line with unified champ Oleksandr Usyk, who will first rematch Anthony Joshua.
However, Fury looks set for an all-British showdown with Dillian Whyte next if the WBC interim champ defeats Otto Wallin on 30th October.
The WBC is likely to enforce a mandatory challenger for Fury, which could hand Whyte his long-sought-after title shot.
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