De La Hoya Defends Wilder After Zhang Defeat

Oscar De La Hoya has shut down Deontay Wilder’s critics following his defeat to Zhilei Zhang.

Wilder was stopped in the fifth round. It was his second loss on the bounce and four out of his last five. The Bronze Bomber only has one win since working with Malik Scott. That was a 2022 win against Robert Helenius. Wilder’s jab and right hand no longer pose the same danger, which made him a serial knockout artist.

There have been several suggestions put forward for Wilder. His father has called for a change in trainer, saying he cannot have a ‘buddy’ in his corner. Meanwhile, Wilder’s mother has hinted that her son should retire, given what he has accomplished. He is a former WBC Heavyweight Champion who defended his belt successfully ten times.

Wilder has generational wealth and money to help his daughter’s spina bifida condition, the very reason why he entered boxing. Others, such as Carl Froch, have called on Wilder to retire. However, De La Hoya defended Wilder, saying it was his choice.

“Deontay Wilder got knocked out, OK? But there’s no need to bash him. There’s no need to say, ‘Oh, he must retire and this and that.’ There’s no need to bash him. Deontay Wilder will make his decision whether he wants to retire or not. You have to give the man his respect and respect his decision. My thinking behind it is, never tell a fighter when to retire. It’s a personal decision. It’s a decision only a fighter should make. This is our livelihood, this is our love, this is our passion.

“So Deontay, keep it going, man. Whatever you do, whatever you decide, take your time, go on a vacation and take your beautiful family. When you come back and make the decision, you’ll make the right one in your heart, for yourself. This is a very personal decision. This is life, so take your time, brother,” De La Hoya said

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