Deontay Wilder released his first statement following his KO loss to Tyson Fury on Saturday night.
The “Gypsy King” and the “Bronze Bomber” produced a legendary battle for the ages as they were both taken down twice before Fury won by KO in the 11th round.
Wilder said: “Wow, what a hell of a night!
“Above all, I want to thank God for allowing me to give the world another part of me that is driven by passion and determination.
“I want to thank my team and my fans for staying by my side throughout this long process.
“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed with the outcome, but after thinking about my trip, I now see that what God wanted me to experience is much bigger than I expected.
“We didn’t win, but a wise man once said that victories are part of the lessons. I’ve learned that sometimes you have to lose to win.
“Although I wanted the win, I loved seeing the fans win even more.
“I hope I have proven that I am a real warrior and a real king in this sport.
“I hope WE have proven that no matter how hard you are touched by trials and tribulations, you can always get up to live and fight again for what you believe in.
“Last but not least, I want to congratulate Tyson Fury on his victory and thank you for the great historical memories that will last forever. “