Deontay Wilder breaks silence as he sends message congratulating Tyson Fury
"I’ve learned that sometimes you have to lose to win"
Deontay Wilder has finally broken his silence after suffering defeat to Tyson Fury at the weekend.
The American had not spoken publicly about his loss since the conclusion of the bout on Saturday night, but was criticised for not acknowledging Fury's attempts to share a moment of respect.
After suffering an 11th-round knockout, the Bronze Bomber went uncharacteristically quiet as he began his recovery from a broken hand - with speculation around his future in boxing increasing.
However, the 35-year-old has now spoken on the bout, posting a detailed message on Instagram where he thanked God, his team, fans and Fury for 'memories that will last forever'.
Wilder posted a photo of himself in his red walk-out gown, captioned: "Wow, what a hell of a night!
"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."
Wilder earned the respect of the boxing world with a gutsy performance against the Brit, but there have been fears that the hard-hitting fighter would retire from boxing after his brutal bout against Fury.
The Bronze Bomber suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured hand, knuckle and finger which will be operated on next week.
Despite this, Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel has confirmed the American will be back 'in late April or May' - and is hoping to fight Anthony Joshua next.