Wilder On Boxing Return: “I Don’t Feel That Itch No More Like I Used To!”

Deontay Wilder Remains Noncommittal on Boxing Return

Deontay Wilder at Riverwalk Stadium
Deontay Wilder | Credit: Mickey Welsh

Deontay Wilder Considering a Big Return to Boxing?


The last time that the public got a taste of Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KO’s) he was being honored in his hometown. There, his Tuscaloosa, Alabama brethren had gifted the one-time WBC heavyweight champion with a statue in his likeness. The show of respect had a deep resonating effect on Wilder. It may even lead to his return to the ring.

When the boxing world last saw The Bronze Bomber in the ring, he was being dismantled and stopped by the current WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. It was the second consecutive time that Fury folded up and put Wilder away. Despite the dominance of these two losses, there is still a great demand for Wilder to resume penning prizefights. This is because, outside of Fury, there are a plethora of other fun match-ups to slide him in such as with Andy Ruiz, Dillian Whyte, Joe Joyce, Oleksandr Usyk or Anthony Joshua, to name a few.

A LITTLE HOKEY-POKEY

Simply having a demand for his services doesn’t mean that Wilder has any intention of supplying them. Since his second match with Fury, without saying it flat out, the Bomber has given every indication that he is functionally retired. Technically speaking there is hope, but it does not seem to be much to hold onto. Wilder reviewed these sentiments in a recent interview on 78SportTV.

“I’m definitely considering about it, coming back, in a strong way. After that statue, like before then, I ain’t going to lie I had no feeling. I am enjoying my life so much! Boxing is one of those things that if you are away from it for a long time, you going to have to itch. You know how you get horny and you get that itch, like damn, you need somebody!

Boxing is that same way, you get that feeling like you got to punch something, got to hit something, you just want to train and get in there in that uniform and environment of midst of smells and hitting the bags and stuff like that. When I go to the gym, I don’t feel that itch no more like I used to. I don’t feel it.”

TO BE OR NOT TO BE!

It will be interesting to see what fork in the road that Wilder ultimately strolls down. From his perspective, either is warm and bright. If he opts to go for retirement, he has already amassed millions of dollars and cemented his name in boxing history in terms of his title defenses. Yet, if he chooses to come back then, as mentioned before, he has several dance partners that could have him back in must-see TV matches in no time. Traditionally speaking, fighters have to quit a few times before it actually takes, so let’s see which kind of fighter The Bomber will be.

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By: Bakari Simpson

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