- Deontay Wilder plans to continue his boxing career despite his surprising loss to Joseph Parker.
- Wilder admits he doesn’t know what went wrong in the fight and vows to come back stronger.
- Anthony Joshua takes the high road and offers support to Wilder, but is focused on his own boxing goals and potential opponents.
Deontay Wilder had initially suggested the possibility of retiring from professional boxing following his unanimous decision loss to Joseph Parker. However, after taking time to reflect on the fight in his hotel, the Bronze Bomber experienced a change of heart. Wilder’s performance against Parker lacked competitiveness, with the latter consistently pressing forward throughout the bout. The unexpected defeat has, at least temporarily, derailed the highly anticipated and lucrative showdown with Anthony Joshua.
Wilder had engaged in mostly one-sided verbal sparring with Joshua leading up to the fight, but the upset loss to Parker has altered the landscape. While many had dismissed the former WBO champion Joseph Parker as a potential stumbling block, considering him one of the best fighters Wilder has faced, the outcome proved otherwise.
Deontay Wilder Declares: ‘I’ll Be Back’ After Shock Loss
Wilder Doesn’t Know What Went Wrong
‘The Bronze Bomber’ took to social media to contemplate his third career defeat and emphatically declare that his boxing journey is far from over. In a video shared on Instagram, Wilder expressed, “We came out short tonight. You know what, I don’t know what happened, to be honest. My timing was off, and I didn’t throw my punches, I didn’t let my hands go like I was supposed to. Sometimes you get like that. But you live to see another fight. You live to see another moment.”
Despite the setback, Wilder maintained a positive outlook, affirming, “I’m still full of happiness, still full of joy, still full of smiles. Sorry if I let anyone down but we will be back though! That’s the thing about it. I thank you so much for the love and support I’ve got out here in Riyadh and from all my fans around the world. I appreciate you so much. This is not the end, and I will be back.”
Anthony Joshua Refused To Trash Deontay Wilder After His Loss
‘AJ’ Took The High Road After Wilder Trashed Him In Several Interviews
On the Day of Reckoning, Anthony Joshua emerged victorious, securing a title shot in the near future. Instead of reciprocating the animosity thrown his way by Deontay Wilder in various interviews, Joshua opted to extend encouragement to his rival, urging him not to give up and to rebuild his career. Following his win against Otto Wallin in the main event, Joshua expressed openness to the possibility of facing Wilder in the future. However, his promoter, Eddie Hearn, suggested that Filip Hrgovic could be the next opponent for AJ.
Hrgovic solidified his position as the mandatory challenger for Oleksandr Usyk’s IBF title by delivering a first-round knockout against Mark De Mori earlier in the evening, a fighter who had previously faced David Haye.
Joshua’s primary objective at the moment is to attain a third world championship. Consequently, he is eyeing the winner of Usyk’s upcoming undisputed bout with WBC champion Tyson Fury scheduled for February 17, or any belts they might vacate in anticipation of a proposed rematch.