Veteran trainer Teddy Atlas is not critical of Deontay Wilder refusing to shake hands with Tyson Fury last Saturday night.
In a sensational heavyweight fight, Fury retained his WBC heavyweight title when he knocked Wilder out in the eleventh round of their trilogy fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Wilder went down three times in the fight, while Fury was down twice in the fourth round.
In the aftermath of the fight, Fury went over to Wilder’s corner and attempted to shake hands with his division rival.
Fury was angered by Wilder’s refusal to shake hands.
Atlas, on the other hand, does not see an issues with Wilder’s position on the matter.
“I’m not here to make excuses, but I will say that there’s something to be said about being a sore loser. And I’m walking a fine line here, but I know what I’m walking. How many of you – I know if you were involved with him – would you rather see Joshua just a little less of a good loser? Just a little less of a good loser when he lost to Ruiz and then when he recently lost to Usyk? A little less accepting. So graciously of losing,” Atlas told Submission Radio.
“I’m not saying don’t be a gentleman. I’m not saying that. But there is something to be said about being too gracious, giving it up too easily, too casually, as though it’s not that important. And there’s something to be said about that.
“And also, there’s something to be said about, this man was concussed. You don’t need a doctor or a CT scan to tell you that Wilder was concussed. He was concussed. And to have to do that when you’re concussed, I’m not making excuses for him, but that is part of what we’re talking about, you know, being in the scenario of this right now, that he just came off a terrible beating, a brutal fight, a brutal fight. And maybe you need to give a guy like that a little time to find the noble part of him that he showed in fighting.”