Tony Bellew Rips ‘Classless’ Deontay Wilder: “He Doesn’t Know What He’s Doing”

Published 03/16/2021, 5:00 PM EDT
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)


It’s been over a year since Deontay Wilder has suffered his maiden pro defeat and has lost the WBC crown To Tyson Fury. However, boxing pundits continue to criticise ‘The Bronze Bomber’. With several justifications for his loss and no official reports on return, Wilder has already lost his relevancy.

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Meanwhile, his WBC title slot is also on the brink of collapse as Tyson Fury is rumored to face Anthony Joshua in a massive title unification battle. That said, Tony Bellew has recently connected with Talk Sport to talk about Fury vs Joshua. But he also talked about Tyson Fury’s last opponent, Deontay Wilder, and analysed the performance he displayed.

“It’s all well and good that Deontay Wilder was getting close to Tyson Fury and swinging big bombs. But listen, you could’ve stuck a first-class stamp on them and they would’ve still been late getting there because of the style that he throws them with,” told Bellew.

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Despite Wilder’s prowess in the first fight, Bellew didn’t give Wilder credit. Instead, he ridiculed his raw power and claimed that he was out of control. It was quite harsh of a statement coming from Bellew.

“There’s telegraphing punches and then there’s skimming the lights above the ring – that’s what Deontay Wilder was doing. His punches were that wild and that crude. He was out of control.”

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury was a perfect fight specimen

As Anthony Joshua is walking closer to facing Tyson Fury, he can take a lot of blueprints from the Wilder fight. Wilder drooped Fury in their first fight and almost attained victory. Referring to that, Tony Bellew compared him with Mike Tyson. But the former Brit pugilist still pointed out the flaws in Wilder’s game.

“He may have crazy power and he might be the biggest punching heavyweight since Mike Tyson, but he has no class, and he has no skill-set to match that power. So it’s like a bull in a china shop. He doesn’t know what he’s doing,” said Bellew.

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: Deontay Wilder poses with trainer Marc Breland after knocking out Luis Ortiz in the tenth round of their WBC Heavyweight Championship fight at Barclays Center on March 3, 2018 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

He added, “He can’t set his attacks up, his jab was just useless in the fight, he didn’t know what to do. Even when he had Tyson Fury down and out [in their first bout] he couldn’t finish him.”

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Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder is just a win away from silencing his critics. After a dominant run of 42 wins with 41 KOs, Wilder has only one loss in his record. He is still a top-rated boxer, and on registering a successful return, he can demand another title shot ahead.

Do you think Deontay Wilder will become a 2x heavyweight champion?

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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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