‘More Money, Less Risk’ – Deontay Wilder Says He Would Transition to Baseball

Published 12/30/2020, 3:02 AM EST
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 18: Deontay Wilder visits “Extra” at Burbank Studios on November 18, 2019 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)


The former WBC heavyweight monarch, Deontay Wilder, had a stellar career until he confronted Tyson Fury. The Alabama boxer hasn’t stepped inside the ring since his brutal loss to the Brit. A year ago, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ spoke to GQ Sports. He took fan questions surrounding him and his clinical boxing career.

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A fan asserted that Wilder would be a good NBA player had he not been a professional boxer. To this, Wilder said:

I used to play sports throughout high school. I played football, basketball, baseball, and I ran track… Coming up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, my goal was to be a football or a basketball player… But I think I would have been a good NBA post player myself, man!”

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Growing up, Wilder developed an interest in numerous sports and fell in love with boxing later. He was an avid football player and even admitted that his goal was to be a football player. He believes Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is a hub for football where quality athletes are made.

Wilder also said, “If it could be any sport that I could transition overnight it would be, I would probably say baseball. More money, less risk. You keep all your money.”

Can Deontay Wilder flip the heavyweight division in 2021?

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ is a highly intimidating fighter from this decade. Over the course of his extensive boxing run, he’s put his opponents to sleep effortlessly. He has an astonishing 93.18% knockout ratio in the division of gigantic men. Though 2020 didn’t go the way he must have planned, he will definitely look to turn the tables in the coming year.

Wilder is still the 3rd ranked heavyweight and isn’t all that far from reclaiming his gold.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stands in the ring before the start of his title fight against Luis Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder retained his title with a seventh-round knockout. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ is keen on booking a trilogy with his foe, Tyson Fury. But the Brit has his plans set for heavyweight title unification against Anthony Joshua. By then, Wilder should take on a couple of other opponents to gain back his momentum inside the ring and a possible shot towards the title.

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Who would you like to see Wilder take on next? Can he become the heavyweight world champion by the end of 2021?

 

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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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