Wilder rejected Fury’s handshake after their trilogy fight this past weekend, but the American’s co-manager said he wasn’t in the right head state after the loss
Wilder was brutally knocked out in the 11th round by Fury last weekend as Brit retained his heavyweight world title.
Fury labelled Wilder a “sore loser” and claimed he didn’t want to show any “sportsmanship or respect” after Fury approached his corner and offered his hand to the American.
Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott said his fighter was still bothered by issues before his rematch with Fury last year, which included accusations of glove tampering and water spiking.
But Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel revealed Wilder has changed his mind on Fury since the loss and does respect his rival.
He told SunSport : “Him and I have spoke about that and he does (respect Fury). I think his mind wasn’t really there, I think if Deontay saw Fury now he would give him a big embrace.”
“He’s doing well, he gives all credit to Fury to perform the way he did. 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.”
Fury’s promoter Bob Arum claims Wilder refused to acknowledge him when he approached their corner after the fight.
Wilder was suspended for six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission due to his injury and will be unable to fight again until April 6 unless he receives medical clearance.
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Scott revealed that Wilder is already planning his return to the ring despite his KO loss and hand injury.
Finkel admitted Fury was the better man in the trilogy and also teased a fight≈against fellow knockout artist Anthony Joshua upon Wilder’s return.
“It was a fair result, Fury fought the right fight. The count was a little long on Fury getting up, but it doesn’t matter, the fight was what it is and Fury deserves all the credit,” he continued.
“The man is a very powerful, very versatile, big man. And with me he’s always been a gentleman.”
“It’s a massive fight [Wilder vs Joshua], no matter what happens in the Joshua – [Oleksandr] Usyk fight. And I’m not sure that Usyk, even with his great skills, will be able to deal with the size of Fury.”