Tyson Fury, the world-renowned boxer who is the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, has blasted Deontay Wilder after the Bronze Bomber refused to put their bad blood to bed following their third fight in Las Vegas on Saturday, October 9.
Fury won with an 11th-round knockout to make it two wins and a draw from their three fights, despite being knocked down twice in the fight's fourth round.
The Bronze Bomber had suffered a beating in the later rounds of the fight and was later taken to hospital for checks.
After his win, Fury, 33, says he tried to approach Deontay to shake him and hug him but Wilder refused with Fury calling Wilder a 'sore loser' for not showing any 'respect' for the champion.
Fury said: 'I said "well done, mate" and he said "I don't want to show any sportsmanship or respect." I said "No problem." I was very surprised. Sore loser. Idiot.'
Wilder repeatedly made excuses for his defeat in the pair's second meeting - and claimed he won the first fight despite the decision of the judges.
'I'm a sportsman,' Fury added in an interview on BT Sport. 'I went over to (Wilder to) show some love and respect and he didn't want to show it back. So I pray for him.'
The heavyweight world champion later said in his press conference: 'How can you say I've cheated when you know in your own heart and your whole team knows you got beat fair and square?
'It's a sore loser in boxing. He's not the first one and he won't be the last one. But I've acted like a gentleman throughout my career and that's all I can do as a man.'
Speaking from the ring on how the fight developed, Fury said: 'I was down a couple of times, I was hurt, Wilder is a strong puncher.
'It was a great fight tonight. I will not make any excuses, Wilder is a top fighter, he gave me a run for my money. I always say I am the best fighter in the world and he is the second best.
'Don't ever doubt me. When the chips are down I can always deliver.'