Tyson Fury says he hopes “God will soften” Deontay Wilder’s heart after the British superstar retained his WBC title during today’s heavyweight trilogy fight.
Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) finished Wilder for the second straight time in their trilogy, but only after a wild back-and-forth fight featuring five combined knockdowns.
Following Fury’s 11th round KO, Wilder was forced to head back to the changerooms and was taken to hospital for precautionary measures, leaving Fury to do all of the talking after the fight.
Fury was happy with how the entire trilogy played out – his two wins coming after a split draw in the first bout – but said he was disappointed that Wilder refused to show him “love and respect” after the British champ checked in with the American at the conclusion of the fight.
“It was a great fight and worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport,” Fury said post-fight.
“I’m not going to make any excuses, Wilder is a top fighter, he gave me a real run for my money tonight and I’ve always said I’m the best in the world and he’s the second-best.
“He’s got no love for me, Deontay Wilder, because you know why? I beat him three times.
“I’m a sportsman, I went over to him to show some love and respect and he didn’t want to give it back. That’s his problem.
“I will pray for him so God will soften his heart.”
Wilder was knocked down in the third round and appeared to be on his way out, but he improbably rallied to knock down Fury twice in the final minutes of the fourth.
Tyson Fury KO’s Deontay Wilder in the trilogy fight
Fury knocked down Wilder again with a right hand midway through the 10th, but Wilder stunned Fury in the final seconds of the round.
Fury finally finished it in the 11th, sending Wilder face-first to the canvas with a chopping right hand fired from high in the air.
During his post-fight interview, Fury kept his tradition of serenading his crowds by breaking into a rendition of “Walking in Memphis”.
– with AP
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