Since Deontay Wilder’s humiliating loss to Tyson Fury in February 2020, everybody has been asking one question: Where is Deontay Wilder? Well, the “Bronze Bomber” went on a hiatus. However, in a recent short video, the former WBC champion showed himself to the world.
Fury manhandled the former champion in their rematch till the seventh round and forced Wilder’s corner to throw in the towel. Wilder was entitled to an immediate rematch that was supposed to take place a few months after their second fight. Unfortunately, COVID-19 hit the world, and the rest is history.
After moving the dates multiple times, Fury moved on from Wilder. He said that he would fight in December to stay active and prepare for the Anthony Joshua fight. According to Fury’s promoter, Bob Arum, the British fighter could fight an opponent not named Wilder, as the rematch clause for the trilogy expired.
Unsurprisingly, Wilder’s team retaliated. The American fighter’s manager, Shelly Finkel, asserted that the bout was not off and Wilder would fight Fury at any time and anyplace. However, the world received no word from Deontay Wilder himself.
It’s been a long time since anyone has heard from Deontay Wilder. He was even expected to release a statement. Nevertheless, only his team has spoken on behalf of him, and they did not make him look good, as most of them came out with excuses.
Recently, Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, also lashed out at Wilder. The Matchroom Sport boss questioned Wilder’s desire to fight again and stated that the former champion might be done with boxing.
Deontay Wilder did not help himself by staying away from the media. Even his Instagram showed no sign of his return. His last post was months ago. However, that changed a few minutes back. Wilder finally showed himself in a short clip with his wife.
Although many critics would love to believe that Wilder fears Fury, the “Gypsy King’s” friend and training partner, Billy Joe Saunders felt that Wilder is not fighting because of the absence of a live gate. Saunders also claimed that Wilder is aware of the fact that he can’t beat Fury.