Deontay Wilder Was Injured Before Tyson Fury Trilogy, Claims Manager

Published 10/15/2021, 4:02 PM EDT
Boxing – Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder – WBC Heavyweight Title – T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. – October 9, 2021 Deontay Wilder makes his entrance before the fight REUTERS/Steve Marcus


Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder put up a show for the ages on October 9. The long-time rivals put an end to their trilogy in legendary fashion. The 11 rounds saw ebbs and flows of knockdowns, heavy haymakers, and ‘Kronk’ style boxing. In the end, ‘The Gypsy King’ won after knocking out Wilder in round 11.

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A new update from Shelly Finkel, Deontay Wilder‘s manager, suggests his fighter stepped in against Fury with an injury worsened by “two incidents” pre-fight. Finkel did not highlight this as an excuse for Wilder’s loss and even pointed out that he didn’t mean any disrespect to the champ.

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He’s still in pain with the hand and his equilibrium was off somewhere around the third round, that’s why his balance wasn’t the same. He feels he trained so hard and then the two incidents – no disrespect at all to Fury -he put in all that effort and wasn’t able to fight him healthy,” said Shelly Finkel.

ESPN’s Mike Coppinger even pointed out that a broken metacarpal in the hand can be “incredibly painful”. He highlighted that ‘The Bronze Bomber’ continued to throw that right hand even with that injury just goes to show the heart that he brought into the fight.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury have finally squashed the beef

Deontay Wilder’s manager recently spoke out about Wilder refusing to shake Tyson Fury‘s hand after the fight. Finkel said that Wilder does respect ‘The Gypsy King’ and that he wasn’t in the right headspace right after his loss. He believes that if they both ever cross paths again, Wilder would greet him with “a big embrace”.

Him and I have spoke about that and he does (respect Fury). I think his mind wasn’t really there, I think if Deontay saw Fury now he would give him a big embrace,“ said Shelly Finkel.

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Following that, Deontay Wilder also released a statement on social media in which he finally congratulated and thanked Tyson Fury for the memories.

Shortly after Wilder released his statement, Tyson Fury replied to his post with a handshake emoji. He also framed his thoughts in a short and sweet manner – “The greatest trilogy of all time”.

What do you think is next for both Wilder and Fury?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused his passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the sweet science, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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