Tyson Fury slammed Deontay Wilder after the American refused to show him any respect in the immediate aftermath of their stunning trilogy bout last weekend, with the conversation between the pair now coming to light.
The Gypsy King finally put their long-term rivalry to bed with an emphatic stoppage win in Las Vegas, surviving two knockdowns, both in the fourth round, as he retained his WBC heavyweight strap.
Despite the fierce animosity between the two in the build-up to the trilogy bout, Fury went over to his rival’s corner to console the American, who has received widespread praise for his brave performance throughout the 11 rounds.
Tyson Fury retained his WBC belt with an 11th-round stoppage win over Deontay Wilder
Fury approached Wilder in the ring – only to be told he would not show any sportsmanship
Fury was left angered by his opponent’s unwillingness to show any respect, as it customary at the end of a fight, however.
Having crossed the ring to the opposition corner where a battered and bleeding Wilder remained sat on his stool, Fury was greeted with a message of ‘no love’ from his American counterpart, according to Top Rank via the Sun.
Fury, clearly irritated by Wilder’s response, replied: ‘Never mind love, there’s respect.
‘You got beat fair and square tonight. That’s it. I respect you because I’m a man.’
Wilder, who relinquished his long-held WBC strap in their rematch outing back in February last year, made a number of accusations against the Brit subsequently to the defeat.
The 35-year-old doubled-down on his claims in the final press conference prior to last weekend’s bout, stating ‘your eyes don’t lie’ and insisting being cheated had only made him stronger.
The former champion clearly held onto his ill feeling subsequently to the trilogy bout, replying: ‘I won’t respect you, I won’t respect you. I will never respect you.’
Fury was swiftly ushered away, but beforehand said: ‘Don’t show bad sport, you lost fair and square.’
Both fighters hit the deck during an enthralling contest but it was Fury who claimed the win
Fury also took aim at Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel in the immediate aftermath of the fight
The Gypsy King wasn’t done there, however, as he went over to speak to Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel, who had been adamant his fighter would achieve redemption with a stoppage win of his own.
‘Listen, I never cheated in my whole life,’ Fury said. ‘I played fair and square.
‘He’s got a bad hatred towards me, I don’t know why. But let me tell you, he lost like a man tonight. He put me down three (two) times, I had to put him down four (three).’
Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott, who replaced former coach Mark Breland after the veteran American threw in the towel in the rematch bout, gave his respect to Fury and his team, however.
The former heavyweight boxer insisted his fighter put in a great performance but was simply defeated by the better boxer on the night.
‘Deontay looks at Fury as a man he had serious issues with concerning allegations and things he’d seen,’ Scott told ESNEWS. ‘After they released all that energy, he still felt the way he felt.’
‘I always said in this whole build-up – I never s***ed on his skills or the kind of fighter he was,’ he added. ‘I’ve always said he’s not good, he’s very, very good and damn near great.
‘Well, after tonight I’m gonna consider him a great fighter. Much respect to him, much respect to SugarHill (Steward, Fury’s coach). After the last knockdown, the referee waved it off, I had no problem with it.
‘Deontay fought his heart out. He was great, Fury was greater tonight. The best man won. The heavyweight division is on fire.’
Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott (right) admitted his fighter was simply beaten by the better man
While Wilder and his team have since outlined the intention to return to the ring, with a possible match-up with Anthony Joshua mooted, Fury will most likely square off against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte in a homecoming bout next.
Fury has also hinted towards a possible retirement. He told The Telegraph: ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’ve got one fight left on my contract with Top Rank and ESPN and we’ll see what that is.
‘But I’m not thinking about boxing right now. I don’t know how many fights I’ve got left. I don’t know if I need to fight anymore. I don’t know what the future holds.
‘I am motivated to get up in the morning do a little bit of training, and enjoy my day. I don’t have any goals in boxing, I have done everything and won everything, the only one to do it in my era.
‘I will always have been the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF, Ring magazine champion, that will not evaporate in history, but once it is done, it is done and you cannot get it back.
‘Once you are done, it doesn’t matter how many belts you have, who you beat, what your record is. You are just another bare bum in the shower and I have always had that opinion.’
Fury will most likely take on WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte next in the UK