Deontay Wilder Broke His Hand During Brutal Battle Vs. Tyson Fury, Trainer Malik Scott Says
Trainer Malik Scott said he’s going to make sure Deontay Wilder gets good rest following his Saturday night loss to WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Scott said that, along with the knockout loss, Wilder also sustained an injury to his hand during the fight.
“We saw the doctor afterward, everything was cool. He’s got a busted lip, he broke his hand, broke his finger or knuckle. But life goes on,” Scott told ESNews.
Wilder had given the showdown every ounce of himself and it was evident as he hit the mat. Despite looking drained, he still attempted to catch Fury with heavy blows until he couldn’t continue anymore in Round 11.
Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) threw the first punch of the trilogy fight. He jabbed his way out of the first round as Fury began to adjust for the night.
Fury (31-0, 22 KOs) picked up the pace in Round 3 as he landed combinations that sent Wilder to the canvas. The crowd roared at the first knockdown of the night, but Wilder immediately got up.
Wilder began to look winded, but answered Fury’s big punch with one of his own that sent Fury to the floor. The Gypsy King caught his breath before standing back up and assuring the referee that he was still good to fight.
These were just two of five knockdowns of the night; two from Wilder and three by Fury.
Fury claimed the fifth and final one just a minute and some change into the Round 11, which forced the referee to immediately wave off the fight.
“I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough,” Wilder said in a statement. “I’m not sure what happened.”
“I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn’t come in at 277 to be a ballet dancer. He came to lean on me, try to rough me up, and he succeeded,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Fury gave respect to Wilder on how much he’s progressed since their last two fights.
“Yeah, he improved,” Fury said during his post-fight press conference. “…It was a different fight. You know, it was a much different fight from fight two and a much different fight from fight one.”