Deontay Wilder upbeat about loss to Tyson Fury: “The best is yet to come”
By Charles Brun: Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder remains upbeat about his future despite getting stopped for the second consecutive time by ‘The Gypsy King’ Tyson Fury on October 9th.
What’s disappointing about Deontay’s latest loss to Fury is that he arguably should have won the fight.
With the controversy surrounding the first and the third fights involving Fury being dropped HARD, Wilder could have two wins out of his three-fight trilogy. I’m just saying.
Was Fury given a long count?
The talented 6’7″ Wilder knocked Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) down twice in the fourth round, and on the second knockdown, the count appeared to be a long one with 11 seconds elapsing before the British fighter got back to his feet.
It was interesting how Fury wasn’t counted out and reminded some fans of ‘The Long Count Fight’ between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney on September 22nd, 1927, at Soldier Field in Chicago. In that fight, the slugger Dempsey dropped Tunney in the seventh round.
Rather than the referee promptly counting out the badly hurt Tunney while he was down, he focused his attention on Dempsey, trying to get him to go to the neutral corner.
The time the referee spent trying to get Dempsey to go to his corner allowed Tunney to recover and beat the count, and he went on to defeat Jack.
Some fans believe Fury was given a long count in the trilogy match with Deontay, and they also think he was saved in the first fight after getting dropped in the 12th.
Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) reveals that he broke his hand, so he’s healing up before getting back in the ring.
When the 36-year-old Deontay comes back, it would be good for him to get a tune-up level opponent instead of being thrown back into another world title fight. He needs a confidence booster after a second defeat against Fury.
Wilder still motivated
“I’m doing great. We didn’t get what we wanted, but I think we got something even bigger out of it besides just a victory,” said Deontay Wilder on his wife’s YouTube channel.
“No complaints at all; we just move forward,” Deontay continued. “This is just the beginning, and the best is yet to come from me.”
“I’m still in love with the sport of boxing,” said Wilder. I do still have goals in the sport.
“I’m looking to accomplish the goals that I still have left. I broke my hand, so I’m in a healing process right now. After this, I’m looking to get right back into it,” said Deontay.
There’s no point in Wilder talking about fighting Fury again because that’s done after the second loss. Fury is heading for retirement after two more fights, so it’s useless for Deontay to focus on him now.
Fury is ready to walk away from the sport in 2022 if things work out for him against Dillian Whyte and the winner of the Anthony Joshua vs. Oleksander Usyk 2 rematch.
What Wilder needs to do now is get a tune-up under his belt and then go after one of the belts when they’re fragmented upon Fury’s retirement.
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