Wilder Could Retire If He Loses To Zhang

Deontay Wilder may retire if he suffers a defeat against Zhilei Zhang.

Wilder’s last bout was a loss to Joseph Parker. The Bronze Bomber was criticized for not letting his hands go. His right hand and jab were missing. He allowed Parker to close the distance, land his shots and get out of range. Parker picked his opponent off, winning a wide unanimous decision. 

Wilder’s trainer, Malik Scott, suggested his fighter’s killer instinct may have gone due to his use of ayahuasca. The loss was catastrophic as Wilder missed out on the Anthony Joshua fight. A two-fight deal was signed. Joshua had beaten Otto Wallin. All that was left was for Wilder to beat Parker, which never happened. 

Zhang is a dangerous southpaw. Before his loss to Parker, Zhang stopped Joe Joyce in back-to-back fights. Joyce was seen as having the best chin in the division. At 41, Zhang also has his aspirations of securing the biggest fights. Now, Wilder knows his career is on the line. 

“I’ve had a successful career and this is a do or die moment for me. I don’t think the heavyweight division is exciting without Deontay Wilder in it but come Saturday night we will see. Will I prevail? Will I succeed? Who knows? But Saturday night is the true answer and we are going to see. This could be the end of the career, this could be the final farewell of Deontay Wilder if I lose. If I win, of course, I go on to bigger and better things,” Wilder said 


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