Former WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, has finally broken silence on his defeat to Tyson Fury in their epic trilogy on Sunday.
The 35-year-old who suffered a broken hand during the thrilling bout which he lost through an 11th-round knockout has been mum since the defeat.
Fury had lashed out at him, labelling him a "sore loser" and "an idiot" for "showing no respect" by snubbing him after the fight.
However, in an emotional message on Thursday via his verified Instagram page, the Bronze Bomber hailed the reigning WBC heavyweight champ for the historic win.
Beginning his message after days of reflection, Wilder told his 2.8m followers: "Wow, what a hell of a night!
"I would like to first and foremost thank God for allowing me to give the world another part of me that’s driven with passion and determination.
"I would like to thank my team and my fans for sticking by my side through this long process.
"I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t disappointed in the outcome but after reflecting on my journey, I now see that what God wanted me to experience is far greater than what I expected to happen.
"We didn’t get the win but a wise man once said the victories are within the lessons. I’ve learned that sometimes you have to lose to win.
"Although, I wanted the win I enjoyed seeing the fans win even more.
"Hopefully, I proved that I am a true Warrior and a true King in this sport.
"Hopefully, WE proved that no matter how hard you get hit with trials and tribulations you can always pick yourself up to live and fight again for what you believe in.
"Last but not least I would like to congratulate @gypsyking101 for his victory and thank you for the great historical memories that will last forever."