Defeated American boxer, Deontay Wilder, says his best was not good enough after his defeat to Tyson Fury in their trilogy fight decided in Las Vegas on Sunday.
The Briton retained his WBC belts in a classic heavyweight clash after recording a late stoppage victory, despite being knocked down twice by Wilder.
The Bronze Bomber who broke his silence in a post-fight said, “I did my best, but, it wasn’t good enough tonight. I’m not sure what happened”. “I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn’t come in at 277 pounds to be a ballet dancer. He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded”.
Despite Wilder’s ferocious right hand still lurking, Fury dropped his opponent again in the tenth before achieving his second stoppage victory over Wilder, with a picture-perfect right hand to end the contest.
With history made once again, the undefeated king reflected on his ability to “deliver” once again on the biggest of occasions.
“Like the great John Wayne said, Iron and steel baby,” Fury said post-fight. “I give him the glory for the victory. He’s a tough man. He took some big shots tonight. It was a great fight, as good as any trilogy in history”.
“I beat him three times and I’m a sportsman and wanted to give him some love and respect. And, he didn’t want to give it back. That’s his problem and I pray for him”.
“This was a great fight and October 9, 2021 will go down in history, I hope. I always said I was the best in the world and he was the second best. Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down, I will always deliver”.
Meanwhile, Fury 33, now looks set to face British rival, Dillian Whyte, in his next contest, after the WBC enforced his mandatory challenge.