Deontay wilder seemed uncertain about his future in boxing after losing his tri-fight to Tyson Fury. Wilder stated that he will return to boxing at the unveiling of the bronze statue of him in Tuscaloosa (Alabama) on Wednesday.
Wilder stated at the unveiling of the statue, "I can't stay right here." "I must continue my path. "I must continue my journey.
Wilder made his professional debut in November 2008. He quickly became the most exciting American heavyweight of his generation. Wilder won 40 of his first fights and all of them by knockout. This proved that he is one of the greatest punchers in history.
In the 2015 WBC title bout, Wilder won against Bermane Stiverne in the only decision. He would defend the title 10 times.
Wilder's 41st fight in December 2018 saw Wilder face Fury. The fight ended in a split draw, with both men claiming victory. Many believed Fury had won the fight after getting up from the floor after a devastating knockdown in round 5. In February 2020, Wilder faced Fury again. He lost by TKO in Round 7. It was a close fight.
Wilder faced criticism after the fight for giving a laundry list of excuses for his performance, ranging from allegations Fury was on performance-enhancing drugs, to accusations that Fury's gloves were tampered with to claims that his own elaborate ring gear caused him to fatigue before the first bell even sounded.
Fury would also win the October 2021 Rematch, knocking Wilder out at Round 11. This was in spite of Wilder being badly injured in the first round. Wilder fought back, dropping Fury twice in round four. Wilder's fight was one of the most exciting of the year. Despite the loss, Wilder displayed grit, determination and made a comeback in the eyes many boxing fans.
Wilder, 36, still packs the most punch in the sport. Fury has declared his retirement and Wilder is just one win away from being reinstated in the championship mix with Anthony Joshua, Oleksandr Usyk, and Anthony Joshua. They are expected to rematch later this summer.