Tyson Fury reacts to win over Deontay Wilder
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Deontay Wilder’s trainer has insisted the Bronze Bomber will not retire after his loss to Tyson Fury on Saturday night. Fury defeated Wilder to retain his WBC title at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The highly-anticipated third bout between the pair lived up to the billing and will go down as one of the great heavyweight fights in modern boxing history.
Fury was in the driving seat early, particularly after he knocked Wilder down in round three.
Wilder – who reportedly broke his hand in the loss – impressively struck back in round four as he knocked Fury twice to the canvas, critically striking the Brit when he was struggling to stand.
However, the Gypsy King got to his feet and responded excellently to seize control of the fight in the latter rounds.
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His dominance ensured that it was his fight to lose and after Wilder picked himself up from a 10th-round knockdown, Fury delivered the killer blow with a crushing 11th round knockout strike.
The WBC have ordered Fury to fight the winner between mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte and Otto Wallin, who clash later this month.
While Fury’s future is relatively clear, Wilder’s is far more murky.
Rumours began to spread that the 35-year-old was contemplating retirement – but Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott quickly quashed such talk.
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“Deontay has set his family financially secure so he doesn’t have to fight to make a living,” Scott told iFL TV.
“But retiring is not in his plans at all and not something we’ve discussed.”
The suggestions of Wilder’s impending retirement spread following his second successive loss – and second defeat of his career – against Fury.
The Bronze Bomber was world champion between 2015 and 2020 and has won 42 fights – including 41 knockouts – from 45 contests.
Scott admitted he expects Wilder to return to action soon, particularly with whispers that a showdown with Anthony Joshua could happen in the foreseeable future, before praising Fury.
“He will be back in any form he wants to be,” Scott added.
“He’s a big-time fighter and he doesn’t belong down there with the other guys, he needs to be in high-level fights and main events.
“Deontay Wilder was great on Saturday, but Tyson Fury was even greater – it was a great night of boxing for the heavyweight division.
“You have to give Fury credit for having a good chin and getting up. Fury is a legend and one of the best in the heavyweight division in any era, and it’s the same about Deontay.”
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