Former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he will continue boxing career: ‘I can’t stop right here’

After shedding his trilogy bout to Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder’s future in boxing appeared not sure. On the unveiling of a bronze statue of the fighter in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Wednesday, Wilder made it clear that he nonetheless intends to return to the ring.

“I am unable to cease proper right here,” Wilder stated on the statue’s unveiling. “I need to proceed my journey. I’ve to, I’ve to.”

Wilder made his skilled debut in November 2008 and shortly established himself as the very best and most enjoyable American heavyweight of his technology. Wilder gained his first 40 fights, all however one by knockout, exhibiting himself to be one of many greatest punchers within the historical past of the game.

The lone choice win in these first 40 fights got here in opposition to Bermane Stiverne in a bout the place Wilder gained the WBC championship in 2015. He would go on to defend the title a complete of 10 occasions.

In December 2018, in Wilder’s forty first struggle, Wilder fought Fury for the primary time with the 2 males going to a break up attract a struggle many thought Fury gained after selecting himself up off the canvas after a brutal knockdown within the bout’s remaining spherical. Two fights later, in February 2020, Wilder confronted off with Fury for a second time, shedding by TKO in Spherical 7 in a lopsided struggle.

Wilder confronted criticism after the struggle for giving a laundry listing of excuses for his efficiency, starting from allegations Fury was on performance-enhancing medication, to accusations that Fury’s gloves have been tampered with to claims that his personal elaborate ring gear brought on him to fatigue earlier than the primary bell even sounded.

Fury would win the October 2021 rematch as nicely, knocking Wilder out in Spherical 11 of a struggle the place Wilder was badly harm early within the struggle. Relatively than fade as he had within the rematch, Wilder stormed again and dropped Fury twice within the fourth spherical. The bout was among the best of the 12 months, and regardless of the loss, Wilder confirmed grit and willpower, redeeming himself within the eyes of many boxing followers.

At 36, Wilder nonetheless packs the most important punch within the sport. Fury has acknowledged he’s retired and Wilder is one win away from being put proper again within the championship combine together with Anthony Joshua and three-belt heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, who’re anticipated to rematch this summer season.

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