An audio clip from ESPN Ringside revealed that Deontay Wilder said, “I don’t respect you” when approached by WBC and The Ring heavyweight champion Tyson Fury after their epic third fight on Saturday.
Fury, who defeated Wilder by 11th round knockout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, walked over to his opponent’s corner to offer respect, though Wilder responded, “No love,” as he proceeded to exit the ring without offering a post-fight interview.
“To be a top fighter, man, you got to show guts and respect,” Fury said to BT Sport Boxing. “And he couldn’t do it tonight. That was it.”
Wilder broke his silence with an Instagram post on Thursday morning, congratulating Fury on his victory and “for the great historical memories that will last forever.”
Fury and Wilder contributed to one of the top heavyweight fights in history on Saturday night. The fighters combined for five knockdowns — including Fury’s 11th-round right hook to end the bout — and had several influencers and fans heavily affected by the bout.
That was one of the greatest fights I’ve ever seen.
And #1 is undefeated going in.
Congrats to my friend & champion @Tyson_Fury
What a beautiful & resilient performance.
What a “on the shield” heart @BronzeBomber has.
I was inspired tonight by both men🛡 #FuryWilder3
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 10, 2021
However, Fury and his camp were very frustrated with Wilder not showing respect for his opponent on Saturday night. After the bout, Fury’s brother, Shane, called Wilder “not a good sportsman.”
After his third fight against Wilder, Fury could fight WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, who is expected to fight former champion Anthony Joshua after he exercised a rematch clause following their Sept. 25 bout. Fury said before his fight with Wilder that he planned to fight WBC interim heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte in December, though it is unclear whether that will happen.