Former WBC world heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder has reacted to his loss to bitter rival, Tyson Fury (30-0-1) in Sunday morning’s clash at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
The 31-year-old, 6 ft 9 in-tall Briton claimed the title after American referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight in the 7th round.
The American’s trainer, Jay Deas had signalled the referee to stop the match, after Fury knocked him down in the third and fifth rounds, and a bloodied, shaky Wilder was unable to fight back in the decisive seventh.
Reacting to his loss, the Wilder (42-1-1) said, “Things like this happen. The best man won.
“My coach threw in the towel and I was ready to go out on my shield. I make no excuses tonight. I just wish that my corner would’ve let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior.”
The Bronze Bomber added, “This is what big-time boxing is all about. The best must fight the best.
“Even the greatest have lost and came back. I have no excuses tonight and we will come back even stronger next time.”
The duo had first clashed in a December 2018 match that ended in a draw.
The Gypsy King, as Fury is famously called, will now have a chance to become undisputed champion against unified king Anthony Joshua – the British-Nigerian boxer who reclaimed his WBA, IBF and WBO titles by defeating Andy Ruiz Jr. in their December 2019 rematch.
The major stopping block is the potential of a trilogy bout against Wilder who has 30 days to force a mandatory rematch.
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