Deotnay Wilder flirts with early retirement if he fights Tyson Fury for the third time!
A boxer that has just been defeated in a brutal heavyweight match up should never be allowed to decide for himself if he wants a rematch until at least two months after the fight. There could be all sorts of side effects still occurring having just taken punch after punch to the head, and it doesn’t seem wise that a man that has just sustained these injuries, is able to decide he wants to do it all again.
That’s what Deontay Wilder has decided after he triggered the clause for a third fight. Some may call it bravado and others stupidity, but there is only one word for it and it is called a concussion. There is simply no way that Wilder is of a sound mind right now after taking the beating that he did. Eddie Hearn may be urging the two heavyweight boxers to hurry up and fight for the third time, but that is not exactly responsible advice at this moment in time.
What the Alabama native needs is some time away from the sport as he recovers from the first professional loss he has ever sustained in his career.
“I just wish that my corner would’ve let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior. That’s what I do.”
— ESPN (@espn) February 23, 2020
The question should then be posed to Wilder again at the end of March as to whether he wants to take the rematch. By this time, and with a clear head, Wilder should respond with a resounding no. The fact of the matter is that, if Wilder steps foot inside a ring with Tyson Fury again, he is putting his long term health on the line. You don’t have to be a neurologist to understand that getting hit in the head like Wilder was by Fury, will sadly result in a person’s senses being scrambled to pieces. It simply isn’t worth it.
Whether Wilder has the humility to walk away from a third bout after such a comprehensive and brutal beating in Las Vegas is another matter. The 34-year-old’s ego will be hurting as much as his head and, knowing his character, he could well be spurred on by a narrative that plays around avenging his name. It’s worth saying again, there won’t be any avenging if Wilder goes toe-to-toe with a 19 stone Tyson Fury who is in the form of his life.
“There’s no reason for a third fight. Everyone knows Tyson Fury is better.”
— First Take (@FirstTake) February 25, 2020
Come to think of it, should Wilder come to his senses and renege on his promise to fight Fury for a third time, then the traveling to America should stop for Fury as a showdown with Anthony Joshua awaits in London.
That would be the best outcome for both parties as Fury gets to carry on his journey of trying to win all the heavyweight belts, and Wilder gets the time he needs to reevaluate his place in the sport.
Looking ahead, the unavoidable fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua should even outdo the match-up between Wilder and Fury, that is, at least financially when you consider that it is sure to be the highest-grossing pay-per-view event in the history of the sport.
In fact, as far as heavyweight boxing goes, there isn’t a better time to be part of the sport with the effects felt across the board as they stretch into many sectors outside the ring whether it be merchandise, gaming or even online casinos and respective boxing-inspired slots.
Specifically, the online casino industry is big business, with it currently being worth around $46 billion in net revenue. For example, Mega Moolah is one of the biggest online jackpot games, drawing in thousands of players monthly to online casinos’ slots lobbies. Meanwhile, online poker rooms and even bingo platforms have become even more popular in recent years. So, it’s only promising that the world of boxing finds itself well represented in this digital industry, with boxing-themed titles only aiding in maintaining the popularity of the sport.
The same effect is felt when well-documented fights, rematches, and scuffs hit the mainstream. From Fury’s blood-licking antics to Wilder’s ridiculous excuses, every incident lands itself in the public eye and pops up on screens around the globe. And, with such unpredictable competitors, all eyes will be glued to the sport for the foreseeable future.
One thing is for sure though and that is the world of boxing will most certainly come to a halt should a fighter like Wilder suffer irreparable damage in the ring. The repercussions from that will surely dent the enormous interest in the sport, with one of its major players out for the count.
There’s no doubt we are in the golden age of boxing but the time has come for Deontay Wilder to walk away from another bout with Tyson Fury, and let the other new challengers to the throne take the beating instead.