Floyd Mayweather has sent a classy message of support to his ‘brother’ Deontay Wilder after the American heavyweight lost his WBC title to Tyson Fury on Saturday night.
The Bronze Bomber, who had 41 knockouts in 43 fights before his rematch with Fury, was totally outclassed, twice hitting the canvas before his corner finally threw in the towel in the seventh round.
Wilder has the option of a trilogy fight against Fury – which he is set to trigger – and Mayweather believes he is still a champion despite the bruising loss in Las Vegas.
‘Win, Lose or Draw…. Deontay is our brother that has accomplished many triumphs,’ Mayweather wrote on social media, tagging Wilder in the post.
‘As a community we should all uplift and support him throughout it all. No matter what, you’re still a winner in my eyes, King!’
Wilder damaged his ear drum in the fight with Fury and had to be taken to hospital for stitches, while he hinted in the ring afterwards that he had experienced issues going into the fight.
‘The best man won tonight, but my corner threw in the towel and I was ready to go out on my shield,’ said the American, who suffered the first defeat of his professional career.
‘I had a lot of things going on heading into this fight. It is what it is, but I make no excuses tonight. I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior. He had a great performance and we will be back stronger.
‘Even the greatest have lost and came back, that is just part of it. You just take it for what it is. I can make no excuses tonight. I had a lot of complications.
‘But we’ll come back stronger next time around. This is what big-time boxing is all about, the best must fight the best. I appreciate all the fans that came out and supported the show, and I hope that everyone gets home safely.’
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