Trainer Reveals Why Deontay Wilder Refused to Shake Tyson Fury’s Hand After Their Trilogy

Published 10/11/2021, 7:42 AM EDT
Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Tyson Fury in action against Deontay Wilder REUTERS/Steve Marcus


The animosity between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder still continues. As after their legendary trilogy fight on Saturday night, Wilder refused to shake Fury’s hand. The two heavyweights gave fans a fight for the ages, and neither of them showed any signs of backing down.

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In combat sports, especially boxing, trash-talking and humiliating your opponent is part and parcel of the game. However, after the fighters battle it out in the ring, they show each other respect immediately after the fight. This time, however, Deontay Wilder refused to shake hands and embrace ‘The Gypsy King.’

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Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott explained why ‘The Bronze Bomber’ Wilder did not shake Fury’s hand. “Deontay looks at Fury as a man he had serious issues with concerning allegations and things he’d seen. After they released all that energy, he still felt the way he felt.”  

Wilder spoke about his loss after the fight, saying, “I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight. I’m not sure what happened,’ he said. I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn’t come in at 277 pounds to be a ballet dancer.”

Fury knocked Wilder out in the third round before getting dropped by Wilder twice in the fourth round. However, ‘The Gypsy King’ rallied in the final rounds and dropped Wilder out for the final time in the 11th round. This was Fury’s first title defense.

What’s next for Deontay Wilder? 

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The Bronze Bomber will now go back to his hometown Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for some well-earned rest and recovery. Fury dished out some serious punishment during their bout on Saturday and this time around, no one threw in the towel.

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Wilder will now look to establish himself in the heavyweight division again, at 35 years of age. Not many other heavyweights can get knocked out by Wilder’s right hand and get back up as Fury did. Wilder remains a title contender in the heavyweight division and he will look to go back to his winning ways.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Loyola College, Allan fuses his love for literature and the sport of boxing to deliver quality copies about 'The Sweet Science.' Allan is a semi-professional soccer player for Diego Juniors FC.

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