Vergil Ortiz Jr. Says Deontay Wilder is ‘Defeated Mentally’

Published 03/20/2021, 11:13 PM EDT


A year ago, Deontay Wilder succumbed to a terrifying loss to Tyson Fury in a mighty title fight. It was his first loss in an illustrious 12-year boxing career. Fury battered ‘Bronze Bomber’ to the pulp and didn’t let him win a single second of the fight.

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Post the fight, Wilder detailed several reasons for his loss, such as drinking spiked water and wearing a heavy walkout costume. The Alabama native was on the receiving end of a huge backlash for the reasons he gave over this brutal loss.

Recently, Vergil Ortiz Jr. was in an interview with Fanatics View, wherein he gave his own take on Wilder’s loss and more.

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He said, “That’s a hard one, you know. He’s I feel like mentally he’s just not there you know. I think he’s defeated mentally. You know he’s making excuses and all. I definitely think that he has it into a comeback, but you know there’s something about making excuses that makes me think you’re weak up here.”

Wilder is known for landing his dynamite-like hands on his fellow opponents, but in the Tyson Fury fight, he couldn’t land one big shot. He got badly exposed for his style and overall conduct in the ring, thus ending up on the losing vertical for the first time. Moreover, he even lost his hard-earned heavyweight straps.

In the above interview, Ortiz Jr. asserted that ‘Bronze Bomber’ will have to cope up with his mental game first and think about how can he make a storming comeback to the ring.

Read – Vergil Ortiz Jr. Reveals the Moment He Realized He Could Beat Terence Crawford

Can Deontay Wilder find his old momentum in his return?

Wilder hasn’t stepped inside the squared circle ever since he suffered that loss. He’s extremely curious to touch gloves with ‘Gypsy King’ in a trilogy, but the latter has moved to fight for the undisputed heavyweight title.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Referee Kenny Bayless sends Deontay Wilder to his corner during the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

That said, Wilder will have to take anyone else in line. Furthermore, it will be a good tune-up fight for him as he’s developed some ring rust after the Fury fight.

If he scores a win on his return, ‘Bronze Bomber’ will be full of confidence to enter a mammoth fight with Fury again. To return with an elite mindset, he’ll have to revamp his game plan and show the world a Wilder 2.0.

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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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