“He’s a Real One”: Deontay Wilder’s Inspiring Message on His “Character” Earns Him Respect From Fans

Published 02/20/2024, 9:50 AM EST

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In an ideal world, Deontay Wilder would be preparing for his fight against Anthony Joshua just about now. Alas, ideal it is not. Since that fight is not happening, the former heavyweight champion is busy spending time with his wife, cruising in his Rolls Royce. As he does that, he hints at a ‘Lonely Road.’ Where does this road lead? Fans remain curious.

In December, Wilder lost to his Kiwi opponent, Joseph Parker, at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh. That night, ‘Bronze Bomber’ did not just register his career’s third loss, but he also lost his chance to fight ‘AJ’ in the tentative March 8th fight. While the Londoner kept his side of the deal by defeating Otto Wallin, Wilder failed. As he faces flak for the same now, he wrote a message reflecting on his character in an Instagram post.

Bronze Bomber’s jam session with Telli Swift


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On his Instagram, the 38-year-old fighter posted a video of him cruising in his Rolls Royce along with his partner, Telli Swift. Grown-out hair, and a wide smile, the Alabama hard hitter was composed, jamming to a song while trying to sing along. In the captions, he wrote, “Anyone who knows me knows my character! I’ve always shown love and helped everyone around me. The devil is busy and hurt people try to hurt people but before I go down this lonely road I pray that everything is going to be ok.”

In the wake of his scathing loss to Parker, a lot of folks wondered if this was the knell for the Bronze Bomber’s illustrious career. While he has not clarified when he will fight next and against whom, it is also crucial to note that fans still await his confrontation against AJ. With so much baggage in the background, this video was roped in by the fans to deliver their takes on his career.


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Fans appreciate Deontay Wilder, despite the backlash

Echoing his caption that explained his nature of helping people, a fan doubled on the character witness for the fighter. They noted, “This my brudda right here and he’s a real one forget all the other stuff he’s def a man of his word and helps a lot of people and holds his family down.”

Then came a user, who, in vehemently critical words, relayed to the fighter what a huge section of his critics believe now: “THIS DUDE IS DONE.”

In response to voices as the previous, a supporter urged folks to give the 43-3-1, fighter some private space with his family. “⁠All the negative comments let this man live his personal life 100 10 damn half of yalll wouldn’t even step in the ring,” wrote the fan.


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Another well-wisher, or rather a critic, it’s hard to tell now; suggested the fighter go back to his former trainer. Currently, the heavyweight trains under the tutelage of Philadelphian, Malik Scott. The user urged the boxer to go back to Mark Breland, with whom Bomber terminated his alliance right before his Tyson Fury Trilogy fight in 2020. They said, “You need a new trainer, bring.Mark back.”

Then came an avid fan, labeling Wilder as the “best knockout fighter of all time bomb squad.”


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Does this lonely road the fighter refers to here lead him to the next phase of his boxing career? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Written by:

Mohammed Shafiulla


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As Manny Pacquiao once said, “Boxing is not about your feelings. It’s about performance.” Through my writing, I hope to bring this performance closer to boxing fans.
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Gokul Pillai