Floyd Mayweather Sends Classy Message To Deontay Wilder After Loss
Deontay Wilder was on the end of a lot of stinging criticism on Saturday night, as well as Tyson Fury's shots, but Floyd Mayweather has come to the defence of the former world champion.
Going into the fight the Bronze Bomber was favourite to defend his title but was outboxed, out thought and, most surprisingly, out hit by Fury.
Many were quick to criticise Wilder for his performance and even denigrate his world title run but Mayweather took to Instagram to defend the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, saying, "Deontay is our brother that has accomplished many triumphs and as a community we should all uplift and support him throughout it all. No matter what, you're still a winner in my eyes, King!"
It was the first time since he turned professional after the Beijing games that Wilder found himself knocked down as Fury caught him brilliantly in the third round.
The American got to his feet after an eight count and carried on. He hit the canvas a second time in that round, due to a slip and had another slip to the floor in the fourth round.
Once again the now former champ was knocked to the canvas in the fifth round when the Gypsy King landed a brilliant shot to the body.
After spending the next round and a half just surviving his team threw in the towel in the seventh round, not that he had a chance of winning from that point anyway.
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It was Wilder's cornerman Mark Breland who threw in the towel, rather than lead trainer Jay Deas. It was a decision that didn't go down well with the boxer or Deas.
After the fight the head trainer explained why he thought it was the wrong decision, "Mark threw in the towel, I didn't think he should have," Deas explained.
"Deontay is the kind of guy that's a 'go out on his shield kind of guy' and he will tell you straight up don't throw the towel in.
"You always have to consider Deontay is a fearsome puncher. He always has that shot to land a big shot and turn things around."
It certainly didn't look like Wilder would turn things around to most watching.
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