Fresh off his creditable performance against fierce rival Tyson Fury at the weekend, Deontay Wilder has paid tribute to the WBC champion, having come to terms with his thrilling, 11th round defeat and appreciated its place in heavyweight history.

“Wow, what a hell of a night,” Wilder posted on his social media channels. “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 Tyson Fury for his victory and thank you for the great historical memories that will last forever.”

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