Deontay Wilders stance on retirement after breaking his hand in Tyson Fury defeat
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Deontay Wilder has no intention of calling time on his boxing career despite being knocked out for a second time by Tyson Fury, according to trainer Malik Scott. Wilder’s long-time friend stepped up to become the Bronze Bomber’s lead trainer after Mark Breland was fired following his decision to throw in the towel in his first loss to Fury last year.
Scott, who faced Wilder in the ring as a professional in 2014, was in Las Vegas for the hotly-anticipated trilogy fight.
He watched on as Fury rallied after being knocked down twice in the fourth round and went on to claim victory in the 11th.
A huge right hook floored the exhausted Wilder, and referee Russell Mora did not hesitate to call an end to the bout with the American looking in bad shape on the canvas.
Scott confirmed after the fight that the Bronze Bomber had suffered a broken hand, and had spent a short while in hospital for precautionary checks before being discharged.
Despite that injury and the punishment he endured in that slugfest against Fury, Wilder’s trainer insists the 35-year-old has no plans to retire after a second straight defeat.
“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. He will be back in any form he wants to be.
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“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 Wilder was great on Saturday, but Tyson Fury was even greater – it was a great night of boxing for the heavyweight division.
“You have to give Fury credit for having a good chin and getting up. Fury is a legend and one of the best in the heavyweight division in any era, and it’s the same about Deontay.”
The Gypsy King offered praise for his opponent after the bout, despite an unsavoury exchange in the moments after the conclusion of the mammoth contest.
The Briton had sought out his opponent to offer a sporting embrace, but had been rebuffed by the American – the latest incident in a long-running feud between the pair.
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“I give him the glory for the victory. He’s a tough man. He took some big shots tonight,” Fury said after the fight. “It was a great fight, as good as any trilogy in history.
“I beat him three times and I’m a sportsman and wanted to give him some love and respect. And he didn’t want to give it back. That’s his problem and I pray for him.
“This was a great fight and October 9, 2021 will go down in history, I hope. I always said I was the best in the world and he was the second best. Don’t ever doubt me. When the chips are down, I will always deliver.”
The Briton was also keen to heap praise on his own trainer, who he credited for the win.
“And I want to say if it wasn’t for Sugar (Hill), America’s and Detroit’s own, I wouldn’t have gotten through that fight tonight,” Fury added.
“He told me, he said get your jab working, big guy, and throw that right hand down the middle. That’s how the big dogs do it.”
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