Deontay Wilders manager gives concerning reason for Tyson Fury handshake snub
Tyson Fury reacts to win over Deontay Wilder
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Deontay Wilder’s trainer has offered an explanation for the fighter refusing to shake Tyson Fury’s hand. The pair engaged in a titanic battle in Las Vegas last weekend, which saw Fury prevail after knocking the American out in the 11th round.
Following the bout the Gypsy King went over to Wilder’s corner to show some respect, but the Bronze Bomber was not interested indoing the same.
Now his co-manager Shelly Finkel believes Wilder acted this way because he was not in the right frame of mind following the crushing loss.
Finkel 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.”
Fury was disappointed in Wilder’s actions and branded him an “idiot” for his opponent’s lack of sportsmanship.
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“I said, ‘Well done.’ And he said, ‘I don’t wanna show any sportsmanship or respect.’ I said, ‘No problem,'” Fury explained post-fight.
“I was very surprised by that but he’s a sore loser, an idiot.
“To be a top fighting man, you’ve got to show guts and respect and he couldn’t do it tonight. And that’s it.”
It has been reported that the Nevada State Athletic Commission have banned Wilder from fighting until at least April 8, 2022 to protect his safety.
There were immediate concerns for the health of Wilder after the contest as blood seeped from his nose, ear and mouth in the corner on his stool.
Although a swift return to the ring was always unlikely, the Nevada State Athletic Commission have stepped in to ensure Wilder cannot pencil in a fight date within the next six months.
The 35-year-old will also need to undergo surgery next week for a broken right hand sustained in the fight.
Finkel said: “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.”
The co-manager added: “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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