'Let him down': Deontay Wilder ripped for 'cowardly' Tyson Fury snub

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Deontay Wilder (pictured middle) refusing to talk to Tyson Fury (pictured right) after their fight.
Deontay Wilder (pictured middle) has been slammed for snubbing Tyson Fury's handshake. (Getty Images)

The father of Tyson Fury has let rip at Deontay Wilder for not showing respect after his loss in the heavyweight classic.

Fury was forced to dig deep after a determined Wilder charged out of the blocks in an attempt of revenge for his second fight defeat.

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'DON'T RESPECT YOU': Fury rages over Wilder's 'cowardly' act

After weathering an early storm, Fury exerted his trademark dominance as he attempted to bully Wilder around the ring.

Fury knocked down Wilder twice, the second with a concussive right hand midway through the 10th, but Wilder stunned Fury in the final seconds.

Fury finally finished it in the 11th, sending Wilder face-first to the canvas with a chopping right hand fired from high in the air.

After the fight, Fury went over to Wilder's corner to pay his respect with a man he has shared the ring with for a total of 30 rounds, across three fights.

However, Fury claimed Wilder rejected a handshake and said he 'didn't respect' him.

After the controversy, which Fury dismissed, his father John has let rip at Wilder for 'tarnishing' such a great performance.

“His behaviour, Wilder, before and after – it would make anybody’s blood boil, wouldn’t it?” John told talkSport.

“As a man like I am – if you get beat by the better man you say, ‘Put our differences to one side, well done.’

“For my money, he tarnished his performance, Wilder."

Many praised Wilder for showing tremendous heart in the ring, but Fury's snub has rubbed some people the wrong way.

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Fury revealed in the ring what occurred when he approached the 'Bronze Bomber'.

"All the allegations that were made towards me ... We fought like two warriors in there and I went over to shake his hand and say ‘well done’ and he was like ‘no, I don’t respect you’.'"

“I was like ‘how can you say I cheated when you know in your heart, and your full team knows, that you just got beaten fair and square’."

Backstage, Fury went on to say Wilder showed his side, which 'was the true heart of a cowardly man' after three fights.

Regardless of the ugly aftermath, Fury left little doubt over who was the better boxer - and the best of his generation - after prevailing in the third bout.

After the fight, Fury was initially reluctant to rank his chances against past greats, although his towering 6ft 9in (2.06m) and 277lbs (125kg) would have given him a distinct height and weight advantage over the likes of heavyweight legends Muhammad Ali or Joe Frazier.

"I don't like competing with fighters from the past because it's fantasy, not reality," he said.

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