Fury viciously stopped former world heavyweight champion Wilder to retain his belt on Saturday night, and felt it was important to stress to his rival that he wasn’t a cheat after the bout
Tyson Fury felt he had to tell Deontay Wilder he wasn’t a cheat after he stopped the American on Saturday night.
New footage has emerged as part of Top Rank Boxing’s ‘Real Time’ documentary series that showed the infamous moment where Fury came to embrace Wilder after the fight.
He was told by Wilder that he would “never” have the American’s respect, but that opinion appears to have changed judging by a new statement from the former champion.
Yet after a number of allegations of cheating following their second bout levelled towards Fury from Wilder, the Brit wanted to make it clear their fights were “fair and square”.
Fury can be seen walking over to Wilder’s corner and attempting to say something complimentary, before Wilder tells him there will be “no love” between the pair.
“Never mind love, there’s respect,” Fury replies in the video, before telling Wilder, “you got beat fair and square tonight. That’s it. I respect you because I’m a man.”
But Wilder replies “I won’t respect you, I won’t respect you. I will never respect you.”
Fury can then be heard telling his manager Shelly Finkel that he had “never cheated in his life”, and admitting that Wilder had performed well on the night.
“You lost fair and square, I’ve never cheated in my life, he’s got a bad hatred towards me I don’t know why,” Fury says.
“But let me tell you, he lost like a man tonight, he put me down three times [Fury was dropped twice in the fight], I put him down four [Wilder was only dropped three times].”
Wilder’s stance appears to have softened since the fight, with Finkel telling media that he had changed his tune just hours before he finally released a statement thanking Fury.
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The pair have been involved in three of the most memorable fights in modern heavyweight history, and have been down a total of ten times between them over the series.
And in a lengthy Instagram post, Wilder said that he and Fury had made “historic memories” during their time as rivals.
“We didn’t get the win but a wise man once said the victories are within the lessons,” he said.
“I’ve learned that sometimes you have to lose to win. Although I wanted the win I enjoyed seeing the fans win even more.
“Hopefully, I proved that I am a true Warrior and a true King in this sport..
“Hopefully, we proved that no matter how hard you get hit with trials and tribulations you can always pick yourself up to live and fight again for what you believe in.
“Last but not least I would like to congratulate Tyson Fury for his victory and thank you for the great historical memories that will last forever,”