Deontay Wilder Comes Forward & Congratulates Tyson Fury Via Social Media
On October 9, former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-2-1, 41KOs) waged war with bitter rival and current WBC champion “The Gypsy King” Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22KOs) for a third time. Their scheduled twelve round bout would conclude in the eleventh after Fury savagely knocked out Wilder.
Fury’s second decisive win would close a once friendly and respectful, turned genuine dislike of a rivalry. Their battle saw a total of five knockdowns; three for Fury and two for Wilder. What fans witnessed was two men driven by heart, determination and courage inflict an enormous amount of punishment until the end.
Leading up to the fight, both men hurled insults and promises of pain. The bigger fight build up story was Wilder’s adamant claims that Fury cheated in their second fight. He vowed to expose the champion for his deception in the trilogy. He continued to hold the grudge at the end of the final meeting even after all accounts were that Fury had not cheated this time around. As Fury came over to his corner to congratulate him on a terrific battle, a stubborn Wilder wasn’t having it as he told Fury:
“No love! No love! I don’t respect you!”
This would draw criticism not only from Fury himself, but also fight fans. Fury described Wilder as a “sore loser” with many people feeling the same way. After giving so much of themselves in that moment, it would have been great to see the two men embrace one another after a terrific and hellacious battle.
COOLER HEADS PREVAIL!
Obviously, he needed time to reflect on everything that has happened the last three years in his dealings with Fury. As the saying goes, “cooler heads prevail.” That’s exactly what has seemed to happen as Wilder has finally congratulated Fury.
Now that this chapter is finally over, let’s hope both men can put all the bad blood behind them and move forward. Regardless of what happens between them in the future, they’ll forever be linked in boxing’s rich history.
By: Jerrell Fletcher