Deontay Wilder has finally spoken out in a long statement on social media following his KO loss to Tyson Fury on Saturday night.
The former world heavyweight champion dropped Fury twice during a back-and-forth brawl between the pair, and has thanked the 'Gypsy King' for all the "great memories" they have created over the past three years.
Wilder never fully accepted his loss to Fury in their second bout, claiming that the Brit had cheated through a number of means, but came across much more contrite in a long post shared with his 2.8million followers today.
"Wow, what a hell of a night!" Wilder said. "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."
Wilder admitted that the fight had taught him "lessons" after he was allowed by his corner to go out on his own terms in the 11th round despite being badly hurt and dropped in the 10th.
"We didn’t get the win but a wise man once said the victories are within the lessons," he continued.
"I’ve learned that sometimes you have to lose to win. Although, I wanted the win I enjoyed seeing the fans win even more."
And Wilder said that he hoped both he and Fury had proved that people can come back from adversity, having been dropped a collective 10 times between them during the course of their trilogy.
"Hopefully, I proved that I am a true Warrior and a true King in this sport, " Wilder added.
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"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."
And he finally shared a positive message to his rival Fury, with whom he has shared three years of back-and-forth over their fights in 2018, 2020 and last weekend.
"Last but not least I would like to congratulate Tyson Fury for his victory and thank you for the great historical memories that will last forever," Wilder concluded.
Fury has cited Deontay Wilder as one of his main inspirations for returning to boxing after a battle with depression and drug abuse.
The two-time world heavyweight champion says that a video of Wilder saying he couldn't return was the fuel that made him return to serious training and lose 150lbs in an effort to fight again.
The pair drew their first meeting at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2018 before Fury won both of their rematches by knockout in February of last year and on Saturday night.
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