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Deontay Wilder finally admits defeat to Tyson Fury

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Deontay Wilder has issued his first public statement since losing the WBC heavyweight title showdown to Tyson Fury in Las Vegas.

Fury came through a bruising third fight between the pair to deliver an 11th-round knockout.

Following the defeat, Wilder had initially refused to acknowledge the Briton’s win, saying he had no respect for the British heavyweight.

Wilder, however, has now accepted the outcome, and vowed to return to the ring a stronger person.

“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 wrote on social media.

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