Bernard Hopkins to Deontay Wilder: When You Say Things You Can’t Prove, You Become a Sore Loser

Published 01/17/2021, 9:46 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stands in the ring before the start of his title fight against Luis Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder retained his title with a seventh-round knockout. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

While most of the boxing world is currently bashing Deontay Wilder for losing the WBC title to Tyson Fury, veteran pugilist Bernard Hopkins harbors love and respect for the American knockout artist.

He considers Deontay Wilder to be a relevant name in the heavyweight picture and advises him to regain the top spot by being active.

Following his maiden professional defeat, Wilder hasn’t accepted a fight and is nowhere close to bagging an immediate return. Instead, he has ridiculed his loss with several justifications that haven’t been received well by the fans.


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So, Hopkins dove into the mix to share some valuable insight into the situation. According to Hopkins, if one can not back up their words with actions, it turns them into a ‘sore loser’. That said, he has advised Deontay Wilder to return soon.

Speaking with Fight Hub TV, ‘The Alien’ said, “But now when you start saying things that you can’t prove. See that’s the key, when you say things and you are saying things that you can’t prove, you become now a sore loser.”

Hopkins has also poured his love for Wilder and added, “I mean my whole thing is (Wilder) got a lot of talent left. I still believe in him, the landscape out today.

“He can be the heavyweight champion of the world again if he really choose to be that and not contained on being who he became and the money he has made so far. Now he got to start building a legacy.”

Deontay Wilder- Where does he stand now?

As per the ongoing heavyweight talks, Tyson Fury will fight Anthony Joshua to unify all the world titles. So, it puts Wilder out of the radar. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ can still opt for a top-rated non-title fight to regain his relevancy in the sport.


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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 13: Deontay Wilder poses with the belt during a news conference with Tyson Fury at The Novo Theater at L.A. Live on January 13, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The current heavyweight roster has several big names including the likes of Andy Ruiz Jr, Dillian Whyte, Oleksandr Usyk, and many. Deontay Wilder can easily go against any of them before heading towards a world title run again in his professional career.

Do you see Deontay Wilder becoming a heavyweight world champion again?


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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.