After thinking about the struggle and despite the defeat, Wilder said the lessons learned were an achievement.
“Wow, what a hell of a night,” Wilder said.
“First of all, I want to thank God for allowing me to give another part of me to the world, driven by passion and determination.
“I want to thank my team and my fans for being with me throughout this long process.
“In the end, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, but after thinking about my journey, I realize that what God wanted me to experience was much bigger than I expected.
“I learned that sometimes you have to lose to win.”
Despite not winning, Wilder said he hopes his performance in the epic fight will help him respond to critics.
“I hope I have proven that I am a true warrior and a true King in this sport,” he said. “I hope we have proven that no matter how worn out you are through trials and tribulations, you can always pick yourself up and fight again for what you believe in.
Wilder will undergo surgery on his right hand following last week’s defeat.
Assistant manager Shelly Finkel said Wilder required the procedure because of a broken bone.
“He’s still in pain with his hand and he got off balance in the third round, so his balance wasn’t the same,” Finkel said.
Wilder has previously said that he is not considering retiring.