Deontay Wilder will not be retiring from boxing, his trainer Malik Scott revealed.
On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Wilder and Tyson Fury had their highly-anticipated trilogy. Early on, it was a back-and-forth fight but Fury dropped Wilder in the third. Yet, in the fourth round, Wilder dropped the Englishman twice and many thought that would be the end of the fight, but Fury rallied.
Fury went on to drop Wilder two more times and eventually got the 11th-round KO. It was a disappointing result for Wilder, but he still plans to box again according to his trainer.
“Deontay has set his family financially secure so he doesn’t have to fight to make a living,” Scott told iFL TV. “But retiring is not in his plans at all and not something we’ve discussed.”
With Deontay Wilder not retiring, it’s uncertain what would be next for him. He’s still a big name in the heavyweight division and could fight someone like Andy Ruiz Jr., or the loser of Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua 2.
Regardless of what is next, Malik Scott is confident Deontay Wilder will be back better than ever and will still be in high-level fights. He knows Wilder is still one of the best but Fury just happened to be better on Saturday.
“He will be back in any form he wants to be,” said Scott. “He’s a big-time fighter and he doesn’t belong down there with the other guys, he needs to be in high-level fights and main events.
“Deontay was great on Saturday, but Fury was even greater — it was a great night of boxing for the heavyweight division,” he added. “You have to give Fury credit for having a good chin and getting up. Fury is a legend, one of the best in the heavyweight division in any era, and it’s the same about Deontay.”
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