Four days later, Deontay Wilder has finally released a statement.
Taking to Instagram, Wilder acknowledged Fury for his victory last weekend after coming under scrutiny for poor sportsmanship in the aftermath of the fight.
Only on Friday morning new vision emerged showing exactly what Wilder said as he refused to shake Fury’s hand after the fight.
The clip from ESPN Ringside revealed Wilder said: “I don’t respect you” when approached by Fury while adding “no love” as he went to exit the ring without a post-fight interview.
“Never mind love, there’s respect,” Fury replies in the video, before telling Wilder, “you got beat fair and square tonight. That’s it. I respect you because I’m a man.”
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Wilder then replied: “I won’t respect you, I won’t respect you. I will never respect you.”
Fury was then overheard praising Wilder again to manager Shelly Finkel.
“You lost fair and square, I’ve never cheated in my life, he’s got a bad hatred towards me I don’t know why,” Fury said.
“But let me tell you, he lost like a man tonight, he put me down three times [Fury was dropped twice in the fight], I put him down four [Wilder was only dropped three times].”
It drew immediate criticism from Fury’s father John, who said Wilder’s behaviour “would make anybody’s blood boil”.
Wilder’s manager Finkel believes the conversation between the pair would have been different if they fought again.
“Him and I have spoke about that and he does [respect Fury],’ Finkel told The Sun.
“I think his mind wasn’t really there, I think if Deontay saw Fury now he would give him a big embrace.”
Now Wilder has released his first statement since the fight.
While he did not address the ESPN vision or commentary around his post-fight actions, Wilder did congratulate Fury for his victory.
“Wow, what a hell of a night!” he wrote on Instagram.
“I would like to first and foremost thank God for allowing me to give the world another part of me that’s driven with passion and determination. I would like to thank my team and my fans for sticking by my side through this long process.
“I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t disappointed in the outcome but after reflecting on my journey, I now see that what God wanted me to experience is far greater than what I expected to happen.
“We didn’t get the win but a wise man once said the victories are within the lessons. I’ve learned that sometimes you have to lose to win. Although, I wanted the win I enjoyed seeing the fans win even more.
“Hopefully, I proved that I am a true Warrior and a true King in this sport. Hopefully, WE proved that no matter how hard you get hit with trials and tribulations you can always pick yourself up to live and fight again for what you believe in.
“Last but not least I would like to congratulate @gypsyking101 for his victory and thank you for the great historical memories that will last forever.”
Meanwhile, Wilder will have surgery on his right hand after Finkel confirmed the full extent of his injury.
“He’s still in pain with the hand and his equilibrium was off somewhere around the third round, that’s why his balance wasn’t the same,” Finkel told ESPN.