OPINION: Why Was Deontay Wilder Not Talking at the Press Conference?

Published 06/16/2021, 1:02 AM EDT
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)


Deontay Wilder appears ready to get ugly inside the ring with Tyson Fury, in a scrap that can bring him back the WBC title on July 24. However, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ has shown a few changes in his personality at the recent press conference. Fury and Wilder met each other for the first time in person since their last meeting in February 2020.

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While Wilder introduced himself and claimed that he would come for blood in the trilogy, he also chose Malik Scott to interact with the media. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ just remained there, seated with his headphones on. Although he didn’t seem to lack confidence, there can be a few things that can justify Deontay Wilder’s silence.

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‘The Bronze Bomber’ hasn’t revealed the reason he refrained from speaking. But we can dig deep to know why Wilder chose to do so. Here’s a look at a few possible reasons.

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Less Talk More Action

Following a lopsided beat down in the rematch, Wilder doesn’t have much to say. However, he is still one of the best boxers and has the potential to reclaim his lost dominance. Meanwhile, Malik Scott has apparently re-ignited the fire in him.

LOS ANGELES, USA – DECEMBER 01: Deontay Wilder (R) lands a left hand against Tyson Fury (L) and knocks him down during WBC Heavyweight Championship at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on December 01, 2018.
(Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Deontay Wilder could have possibly stored all his words for his winning ceremony. However, a reverse scenario can be extremely dangerous to his boxing career. This risky situation validates Wilder’s silence in the recent press conference.

No more controversial statements from Deontay Wilder

Wilder made several controversial remarks after suffering the maiden loss of his career. He blamed his walkout costume for damaging the legs. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ also accused Mark Breland of being a double-agent with his rival’s team. Subsequently, he accused Tyson Fury of cheating in their fight.

The fans did not receive these statements well and criticized Wilder. Considering the reaction, it may have been a smart move for Wilder to remain silent.

Deontay Wilder and his mind games

In his past fights, the American knockout specialist has appeared brashy. He has never backed away from trash-talking his opponents. However, Tyson Fury gave Wilder the toughest test of his career. Hence, one can assume that the Alabama native engaged in a different sort of mind game against the champion.

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Despite having bad blood, both the boxers appeared respectful. Furthermore, they shared a long stare-down without exchanging a single word. It appeared bizarre to many fans. However, that’s how Fury and Wilder inaugurated the build-up of their trilogy battle.

What did you make of Deontay Wilder’s silence in the press conference?

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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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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