TYSON FURY showed he is a king in and out of the ring with a sensitive Instagram message to dethroned Deontay Wilder.
Fight fans praised Britain's new WBC world heavyweight champion after he posted: "Love and respect to the dance partner of the century @bronzebomber #speedyrecovery".
Salutes for Fury's words swiftly came in from leading figures in boxing, like promoter Frank Warren and broadcasters, with the WBC responding: "Congratulations Tyson, you are a great man with a great heart and a great champion!!"
Toprank responded with "Respect, right there" and btsportboxing said: "Two legends".
The Gypsy King's post soared past half a million likes in under three hours as he finally begins to unwind after partying to celebrate his seven-round TKO win in Vegas on Saturday night.
Dominant Fury floored Wilder in rounds three and five before the American's team threw in the towel to hand their man his first ever defeat.
Manchester's two-time champ had already hailed Wilder immediately after the best display of his career.
Unbeaten Fury said then: "He manned up and he really did show the heart of a champion.
"I hit him with a clean right that dropped him and he got back up.
"He is a warrior. He will be back. He will be champion again. But I will say, the king has returned to the top of the throne!"
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And throwing in a reference to Wilder's pre-fight jibe about the Gypsy King's possible lack of punch power, Fury added: "Everybody wrote me off. I'm a destroyer. Not bad for someone with pillow fists."
Wilder seems likely to trigger the 30-day clause forcing a trilogy contest, delaying an all-British unification clash between Fury and Wilder.
And Fury wants that third fight to take place at the 70,000 capacity Las Vegas Raiders Stadium, which opens this summer.