Deontay Wilder will bounce back from his crushing defeat to Tyson Fury, former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew believes. Wilder’s five-year reign atop of the WBC’s heavyweight rankings came to an end at the hands of ‘The Gypsy King’ in February.
The American suffered a seventh-round TKO loss to the lineal heavyweight champion, with his cornerman Mark Breland mercifully throwing in the towel at the 1:39 mark.
Wilder was dominated from the outset from start to finish, with Fury immediately taking the centre of the ring and bamboozling him with his feints and footwork.
The emphatic manner in which Fury saw off Wilder has led many write off the former WBC champion’s chances of being a serious player in the heavyweight division.
Bellew wholeheartedly disagrees with that notion and believes ‘The Bronze Bomber’ will rise again.
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He will be back
Tony Bellew on Deontay Wilder
During an appearance on ‘Colin Murray’s 52 podcast, which is sponsored by Grosvenor Casinos, Bellew said:“He deserved an awful lot of credit for the last fight [against Tyson Fury] because he was taking a one-sided pounding and beating, and he showed the heart of a lion. He will be back.”
Unlike many others, Bellew believes Wilder’s first professional loss was more the result of Fury perfectly executing his game plan than the Alabama native performing poorly.
He added: “Not anybody can carry out Tyson Fury’s game plan – so don’t think this guy will come back and everyone can do that to him. That’s not going to happen.
“Very very few will be able to dictate the pace and dictate the range to Deontay Wilder like Tyson Fury did. Tyson Fury is a master boxer.”
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Wilder will have the opportunity to exact revenge on Fury later this year having exercised the trilogy fight clause place in his contract to rematch the Brit.
The pair’s third meeting was originally slated for July 18 but has been postponed until October due to the coronavirus outbreak.
And should he come up short again, Wilder has suggested he’ll bring the curtain down on his boxing career.
During an appearance on PBC Boxing’s podcast, the Olympian said: “This is the last final straw as I see it.
“I’m taking everything in that happened, everything that happened towards me. I’m cutting my grass, I’m getting rid of a lot of snakes in the grass.
“This time has allowed me to look back, dig in the weed and see what was really going on. You can have a lot of great people around you, but certain jealousy of people you can’t control.
“Everybody wants certain things, everybody wants what you have but they don’t want to work as hard as you, to sacrifice as much as you.
“People get envious of the things they can’t have, I had to weed out, change up certain things.”
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