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.
Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) finished Wilder for the second time in the trilogy, but only after a wild back-and-forth battle with five combined knockdowns.
After Fury’s 11th round KO, Wilder was forced to return to the changing room and was driven to the hospital to take precautions, leaving Fury to speak after the match.
Fury was pleased with how the whole trilogy played out – his two wins came after a draw in the first match – but said he was disappointed that Wilder refused to show him “love and respect” after the British champion checked in with the American at the end of the match.
“It was a great match and worthy of any trilogy in the history of the sport,” Fury said after the match.
“I’m not going to apologize, 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 has no love for me, Deontay Wilder, because you know why? I beat him three times.
“I’m an athlete, I went to him to show a little love and respect and he would not give it back. That’s his problem.
“I will pray for him so that God will soften his heart.”
Wilder was knocked down in the third round and appeared to be heading out, but he was unlikely to knock down Fury twice in the final minutes of the fourth.
Tyson Fury KO’s Deontay Wilder in the trilogy fight
Fury knocked Wilder down again with a right hand midway through the 10th, but Wilder stunned Fury in the final seconds of the round.
Fury finally finished it on the 11th, sending Wilder face first to the canvas with a chopping right hand fired high in the air.
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During his post-match interview, Fury retained his tradition of serenifying his crowds by breaking into a rendition of “Walking in Memphis.”
– with AP
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