‘It’s Dangerous, Politics, Cheating’: Deontay Wilder Critically Close to Quitting Boxing

Published 02/14/2022, 6:00 AM EST
NORTHPORT, ALABAMA – NOVEMBER 05: Deontay Wilder participates in a media workout at New Era Boxing & Fitness on November 05, 2019 in Northport, Alabama. (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)

‘The Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder looked invincible as the WBC world heavyweight champion before he crossed paths with Tyson Fury. All that knockout power, and the intimidating punches, looked bleak when Tyson Fury knocked out Wilder twice in a row. The losses appear to have impacted Wilder greatly, as he may now hang up his gloves.

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Wilder can stage another run towards the world championship. He is still a top-tier contender and eligible to demand the championship bouts, though not immediately. Nevertheless, Deontay Wilder’s recent statements cite, he is looking at a possible retirement ahead.

The ex-WBC heavyweight champion recently connected with Byron Scott’s podcast with wife Telli Swift and addressed several things about his life and pro-career. There he hinted at his next in-ring move.

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Wilder said, “I’m thinking about doing Ayahuasca. That’s gonna be my decision making process… Boxing’s put a bad taste because of what it’s done to me. It’s dangerous, politics, cheating… I still have love for the sport though.”

Per reports, Ayahuasca is a brew that comes from the Psychotria Viridis shrub. People claim it to have numerous medical benefits, and Wilder seems to have put it in his upcoming boxing plans.

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Meanwhile, several people want to see Deontay Wilder continue to box. Eddie Hearn has pitched some ideas for Wilder’s next plan, and WBC champion, Tyson Fury, is also in support to see his former nemesis return to action. But Wilder doesn’t seem to have made up his mind as yet.

Deontay Wilder can still be a menace

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The current heavyweight division seems to have pinpointed its plan for hosting the title fights. The WBC belt will go up for grabs in a fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte. Meanwhile, Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua can rematch for the WBO, WBA, and IBF belts. Thus, Wilder may have to wait to get a title shot if he remained active.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 18: Deontay Wilder looks at the crowd and celebrates after knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round during their bout for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight championship at Barclays Center on May 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)

The division has several more A-listed opponents who can be perfect opponents for ‘The Bronze Bomber’. Therefore, all of it comes down to him whether he wants to continue to fight or hang up his gloves at this point in his career.

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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. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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