Deontay Wilder Not Retiring From Boxing, Confirms Manager Shelly Finkel

Published 04/09/2021, 3:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: Deontay Wilder is tended to in his corner against Luis Ortiz during their WBC Heavyweight Championship fight at Barclays Center on March 3, 2018 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder is the biggest, perhaps the most intimidating name in heavyweight boxing. With his crushing power, Wilder annihilated a major chunk of his opponents to the pulp, thus signifying his place in the big men’s division. Yet, he suffered a brutal loss to the Brit Tyson Fury in his last outing and has been inactive ever since.

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Citing his inactivity, fans and fighters around the globe felt that the Alabama native is on the brink of hanging up his gloves from the sport. However, the news surrounding his retirement isn’t true at all.

Recently, World Boxing News interacted with Wilder’s co-manager, Shelly Finkel. Wherein the latter clearly asserted the ‘Bronze Bomber’ is far from done with boxing.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Referee Kenny Bayless sends Deontay Wilder to his corner during the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

In his last fight, Wilder suffered his first pro-boxing defeat as he wasn’t able to let his dynamic punches do the talking against Fury. Moving further, Wilder has overcome that loss and is looking to make a statement in the boxing fraternity again.

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Who should Deontay Wilder face on his return?

While Deontay Wilder has been on the sidelines for over a year, there have been considerable changes in the heavyweight roster. Many more stout contenders have risen to the top and are waiting to earn their shot towards the heavyweight gold.

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That said, Wilder will have several opponents who can provide him a stern in-ring test in his return fight. Fighters like Dillian Whyte and Andy Ruiz Jr. have already expressed their interest in fighting the ‘Bronze Bomber’. Moreover, it seems, no one better than these two can challenge the former WBC champion once he’s firm on coming back.

However, things are still unclear pertaining to Wilder’s next viable opponent, but a news piece surrounding the same might roll out in a few months from now.

Who would you like to see Wilder take on in his comeback fight?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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