Deontay Wilder will return to heavyweight boxing after his trilogy defeats to Tyson Fury and will look to become world champion once again with the Gypsy King out of the picture. After defeating Wilder twice, before defeating Dillian Whyte at Wembley and announcing his retirement from boxing.
Wilder’ s defeats to Fury were the only two losses in his career – with an outstanding 42-2-1 record with 41 knockouts. He took Fury all the way in his bouts, knocking him down four times and coming so close to knocking the Gypsy King out. And although he’s still at the top of his level, Wilder admitted that he had strongly been considering retirement.
“It’s mixed feelings because ultimately I have accomplished all my goals in this sport. I told my daughter when she was one-year-old that I’d be a champion and I’d be able to support her beyond her belief,” he told Kevin Hart on an episode of Cold As Balls on the Laugh Out Loud Network.
“I’ve done that. There’s a lot of things that I’ve accomplished that I feel I have to prove to anyone because I’ve already proven [myself]. “Should I push forward? Should I give it a go one more time? Or should I just retire and focus on the other things that I already have, other things that I want to get into?”
But now, it appears that Wilder has made his decision – to return to the boxing ring. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman told Sky Sports: “I spoke to him a couple of months ago, he is doing great and he is looking forward to resuming his boxing career.”
With Fury now out of the picture, the Bronze Bomber would almost certainly be first in line to face the winner of Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk. Wilder and Joshua have had a long-standing rivalry, going back and forth for years with a fight never materialising.
Wilder remarkably won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics despite being ranked 284th, dead last, on the list of heavyweight fighters at the competition. He held the WBC heavyweight title for a five-year stint from 2015 to 2020 and remarkably knocked out every opponent he ever faced prior to his three clashes with Fury.