- Deontay Wilder hasn’t competed since a 7th-round TKO loss to Tyson Fury in early 2020.
- Reports have confirmed that Deontay Wilder’s retirement will not come anytime soon.
- “The Bronze Bomber” is expected to announce his next opponent in the ring in the next few weeks.
The heavyweight boxing scene is better right now than it has been in years. For more than a year, fans have been asking what is next for Deontay Wilder. Fortunately, it does not appear that Deontay Wilder’s retirement will be taking place anytime soon.
Wilder hasn’t competed since his devastating TKO loss to Tyson Fury last year. He remains one of the scariest knockout punchers in the sport, though. Now is a great time to discuss some of the best opponents for “The Bronze Bomber” to face in the ring next.
Let’s get into it!
The Heavyweight Boxing Scene is Stacked With Talent
Over the past year, the sport of boxing has reached new levels of popularity. Combat sports were well-suited to deal with the events that unfolded last year. As a result, fans were treated to some massive bouts featuring the sport’s biggest superstars.
Every division in the sport is exciting right now. Lightweight is home to fighters like Ryan Garcia and Vasyl Lomachecnko. There seems to be a race at 135 pounds to see who is the best fighter in the weight class.
Welterweight is also better now than it has been in years. Some of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the sport including Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. are fighting in this weight class. Unfortunately, booking a fight between these men has proven to be extremely difficult.
Some now believe that heavyweight is the most stacked division in the sport. There are a huge number of incredible fighters now competing in this division. It’s a lion’s den featuring talented athletes like Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, and Deontay Wilder.
It’s been more than a year since Deontay Wilder last competed inside the ring. On that night, he was defeated handily and some felt that his time in the sport could be coming to an end. That no longer appears to be the case.
Deontay’s time on the sidelines may not last for much longer. Here’s what we know about his possible return to the fight game.
Don’t Expect to See Deontay Wilder’s Retirement in 2021
Prior to the rematch with Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder was widely considered to be the scariest man in boxing’s heavyweight division. He’d accumulated a 42-0-1 record 41 of those wins coming via knockout. The punching power of Wilder drew comparisons to fighters like Mike Tyson and George Foreman.
On February 22, the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury finally took place. Fans around the world were curious to see how this bout would play out. Online sportsbooks had the odds extremely close and by the time they stepped into the ring, the tension was at an all-time high.
As most now know, Tyson Fury switched up his strategy in this bout and immediately pushed the pace against Deontay. This pressure caught “The Bronze Bomber” off guard and Fury began landing massive shots throughout the fight. He earned a TKO stoppage after his corner threw in the towel in the 7th round.
Some felt that bout would lead to Deontay Wilder’s retirement. New reports indicate that is not the case! World Boxing News spoke with Wilder’s team this week, who confirmed that he will be fighting again this year in an effort to reclaim his heavyweight titles.
There are several possible opponents on the table, including a blockbuster matchup against Andy Ruiz. It seems likely that he will take some tune-up fights before a test like that one, though. A bout with Charles Martin has been rumored to be next for Deontay since January.
Fans can rest easy knowing that boxing’s most exciting knockout artist is not hanging up the gloves. We’ll be sure to offer updates as soon as his next opponent is officially confirmed!
Here’s Another Update on Joshua vs. Fury
Deontay Wilder is far from the only heavyweight boxer fans are eager to see competing again. There’s no doubt that the heavyweight matchup between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is now the biggest-possible fight to be made in boxing right now. Fortunately, there is some real progress being made to get this fight booked.
Not long ago, news broke that a two-fight bout agreement between these men had been made. The first fight is now expected to take place in July. A location has not been revealed, yet the UK, Saudi Arabia, and China seem like the top candidates right now.
BetOnline is currently offering the best odds on this bout! Keep in mind that the line could change once the bout is officially announced. For now, these odds are offering some real opportunities to win big.
Tyson Fury looked better than ever in his last bout and remains undefeated in his professional career. Many believe “The Gypsy King” is now in the prime of his fighting career. That could be the key reason why he enters this bout as the -210 favorite.
Anthony Joshua also appears to have reached a new level of skill after losing to Andy Ruiz in June of 2019. He’s a finisher, and seems to have improved on his defensive skills in recent years. Despite these improvements, BetOnline has Joshua as the +180 underdog in this contest.
Deontay Wilder’s retirement won’t be taking place this year. Who do you think should be next for the knockout artist? Let us know in the comments section below!