Deontay Wilder’s manager claims the Bronze Bomber does respect Tyson Fury and would give the Gypsy King ‘a big embrace’ if they ever meet again.
Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title by knocking out Wilder in the 11th round of their thrilling trilogy fight in Las Vegas on Saturday evening.
However, Fury was furious with Wilder in the immediate aftermath after the Bronze Bomber refused to acknowledge his opponent.
Fury approached Wilder in his corner but the 35-year-old decided to not shake hands or offer any praise.
‘I just said well done and he said I don’t want to show any sportsmanship and respect. I said no problem,’ Fury said of the incident.
‘[I was] very surprised. [He’s] a sore loser, an idiot.’
But Wilder’s co-manager, Shelly Finkel, believes the Bronze Bomber was not in the right frame of mind immediately after the fight and would now have a different approach with Fury.
‘Him and I have spoke about that and he does [respect Fury],’ Finkel told The Sun.
‘I think his mind wasn’t really there, I think if Deontay saw Fury now he would give him a big embrace.’
Finkel also insists that Wilder has been complementary about Fury’s performance on Saturday night.
‘He’s doing well, he gives all credit to Fury to perform the way he did,’ said Finkel.
‘But early in the fight Deontay, probably around the third round, when he got hit, he got hit by the ear and it threw his equilibrium off.
‘And I was watching and I said, ‘what happened to his legs?’ Because he trained so hard.
‘He also, somewhere in the middle rounds, broke his right hand behind the third knuckle and he has to have that fixed next week.
‘He has to have surgery, the knuckle is OK, it’s the bone behind the knuckle that broke.’
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