Malik Scott Reveals Deontay Wilder’s Injuries After Trilogy
On October 9, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (31-0-1, 22 KO’s) defeated Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KO’s) for the second time in their now historic trilogy. This marks back-to-back instances were Fury was able to stop Wilder within the distance.
Only this time there is much more finality to the victory. For the third bout, rather than his corner throw in the towel while he was still on his feet, the Alabamian ended the fight concussed and bewildered on the ground.
Nevertheless, the Bronze Bomber was able to enjoy a fair amount of success in this dustup. He even managed to score a pair of knockdowns himself. Yet, even with that being said he certainly did soak up a frightful amount of punishment and clearly got the worst of the action. In fact, his chief second Malik Scott revealed in an interview with ESNews that Wilder suffered a broken hand during the fight.
“We seen the doctor afterwards. Everything was cool. He got a busted lip, he broke his hand, broke a finger, his knuckle something like that was broke but life goes on.”
UNDISPUTED OR RETIREMENT?
It will be interesting to see where these two fighters go from here. The natural and logical next fight for Fury would be the winner of Oleksandr Usyk vs Anthony Joshua II. On September 25, Joshua suffered his second professional loss to the Ukrainian boxing dynamo in Usyk. With the win, Usyk walked away with Joshua’s quartet of titles.
As was expected, Joshua chose to enforce the immediate rematch clause in their contract. The two are expected to fight in the first quarter of 2022. With this being the case, even if Fury wanted this winner he will have to wait. The question now becomes “is the Gypsy King going to idly wait while twiddling his thumbs?”
Provided that AJ wins, surely Usyk would have his own rematch clause which would incur more waiting. In that scenario Fury could be on the sideline for roughly a year or more. Perhaps he will face his WBC mandatory which could be the winner of Dillian Whyte vs Otto Wallin October 30. If Wallin were to win, it would be a rematch of arguably Fury’s toughest fight of his career.
Or, it would not be all that far-fetched to think the champ may walk off into the sunset and call it a career. At the present time, no one knows.
BOMB ON OR BOMBED OUT?
Just as there are a swarm of questions surrounding Fury, the same is true of Wilder. What will the Bomber do now that he has lost this series and is without a title? When he lost to Fury the first time the Alabamian could tell himself there were underhanded tactics at play. On this occasion he will not be able to do the same. This time Wilder will have to face himself and begrudgingly accept the fact that he was bested fair and square.
Before the third prizefight Wilder insisted that if he lost he would soldier on and continue with his career. So, now there are countless boxing enthusiasts who will be looking to see if he is true to that claim. After having talked so much trash and promised so much retribution it would not be hard to imagine the Alabamian slinking off into a quiet private life with his family and friends.
At the same time though, the Bronze Bomber is still one of the most dangerous men in the division. While it appears that Fury truly has his number that does not mean he can’t remain a serious force at heavyweight. In fact, if Wilder opted to continue his career, and got back on a winning streak, he could very realistically position himself in a title shot sooner rather than later. So while the scene is currently grim for Wilder his story could technically still be far from over.
Yet, in the end, only time will tell how this plays out. So let’s just wait and see.
By: Bakari Simpson