Deontay Wilder Details What He Had to “Go Through” Before “Boring” Fight Against Joseph Parker

Published 02/12/2024, 5:45 PM EST

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If an underdog could defy popular predictions and race to the victory bell, it would be Joseph Parker. However, if asked about his defeat to Joseph Parker, which occurred in a shocking turn of events, Deontay Wilder now has another reason to provide for his loss, the one that changed the course of the heavyweight division.

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Deontay Wilder had to defeat his Kiwi opponent to get his fight against Londoner, Anthony Joshua, a fight that had been in the making for almost 7 years. While ‘AJ’ did his part to reach that fight by defeating his opponent, Otto Wallin on the ‘Day of Reckoning’ card, Wilder failed to do so on the same card against Parker. Today, almost two months later, when he continues to receive flak for this widely considered poor performance, the Bronze Bomber agrees with the assessment that the fight was boring but goes on to add something else.

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ES News met with ‘Bronze Bomber’ as the fighter was preparing for a training session at the boxing gym. Amidst a plethora of questions that included questions about his next fight, the Alabama hard hitter was asked to relay his thoughts on his much-spoken-about fight against Parker.

In the beginning, he went on to call the fight “boring,” and suggested that right after that fight, he went back into training and preparing for his next undertaking because he was physically unhurt in the match. He noted, “It was a boring fight, nothing really happened. I went right back to training the next day. He really didn’t do nothing, they just went off the little flurries or whatever.”

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Later on, he also cited another reason for why the loss came when most saw him assume the position of the favorite. Blaming prolonged travel periods for his disconnect in training, the 38-year-old, explained, “In the training for that I had to travel two times, 20 hours of travelling. And those guys were already in Europe, they were only 2/3 hours away. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying what I had to go through.”

On fight night, at the Kingdom Arena of Riyadh, spectators expected a lethal blowout of 34-3, Joseph Parker at the hands of Deontay Wilder. However, when the bell heralded the onset of the fight, things went sideways. With an impressive showcase of his acumen and timing, Parker won the matchup on points, giving Wilder his career’s third loss, the other two coming from one man, Tyson Fury.

After his brutal loss, most expected the heavyweight to hang his gloves, but his persistence would not allow him to quit on that note.

Deontay Wilder will come back

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In his conversation with ES News, the heavyweight giant in a touching revelation noted that he remains resilient enough to enter the ring yet again. Arguing that his life has been challenging, to the extent that he even lost affection for boxing at one point, he now suggests that he loves the sport.

Deontay Wilder explained, “Im still that motherf*****, don’t get it twisted. We’re putting ourselves back together, so much s*** has happened in my life that I didn’t deserve to happen. At one point in time, I lost the love for this business, even just to compete in it. I’ve rededicated myself back to this s***. I’m in the gym every day now and I’m taking it like a job.”

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Will Deontay Wilder see his resurgence back in the heavyweight class? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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