Tyson Fury branded Deontay Widler an ‘idiot’ and a ‘sore loser’ for his reaction in the
corner following the latter’s knockout loss in Las Vegas.
Britain’s 33-year-old Gypsy King won one of the most iconic boxing bouts
imaginable, surviving two knockdowns and a handful of further scares, to settle the
WBC world title trilogy in the penultimate round.
He left his corner – and the specially designed stool he sat on between rounds with
Wilder’s face emblazoned on it – to congratulate and thank the fellow warrior he had
done 30 brilliant rounds with.
But the battered and bruised American, 35 – who had restored so much of his
reputation with the performance, after accusing Fury of cheating his way to the
February 2020 win – blew his chance to turn the iconic rivalry into a fantastic fighting
And the two God-fearing men – with 14 children between them – no looked destined
to be bitter enemies.
“I said, ‘Well done.’ And he said, ‘I don’t wanna show any sportsmanship or respect.
‘ I said, ‘No problem.'”“I was very surprised by that but he’s a sore loser, an idiot.
“To be a top fighting man, you’ve got to show guts and respect and he couldn’t do it
tonight. And that’s it.
“He couldn’t do it so I’ll pray for him. I’m just thankful we all got out of the fight in
one piece and go home to our lovely families.”
Despite the puddles of blood and pounds of flesh they have slashed and bashed out
of each other over three years, Fury genuinely wanted to settle things respectfully.
“It was a great fight tonight, worthy of any trilogy in the sport. I always said I am the
best in the world and he is second.
“But I went over to show love and respect and he didn’t want it to so I will pray for
him.“Wilder has no love for me because I have beaten him three times.
he did not want to give it back.
“That’s his problem, I will pray for him and hopefully God will soften his heart.”
Fury dropped Wilder in the third but then suffered two sickening knockdowns in the
fifth. In the tenth Fury equalized as he folded Wilder into the canvas again and he
ended it violently in the next session – with uppercuts and right hand leaving no need
for a final count.