Deontay Wilder’s Mother Suggests He Should Retire

Deborah Wilder, Deontay Wilder’s mother, has hinted that his son should retire. 

Wilder suffered his second consecutive loss, getting knocked out by Zhilei Zhang. Prior to the fight, Wilder suggested he could retire if he lost. Wilder kept quiet following the loss, as he contemplates his future. His recent record shows four losses out of his last five fights. His last victory was a win against Robert Helenius in 2022. However, at 38, Wilder’s world title ambitions are likely over. The trilogy with Tyson Fury has also taken a lot out of him, as Wilder’s mother hinted her son should retire.

“I texted him and said, ‘Son, we’re having a party for you. You gave us the best boxing in USA when boxing was dead. You’ve gotten older. You’ve ran your course in your journey. It’s time to celebrate. He brought back boxing to the USA, and we enjoyed all those knockouts. I taped them and I’m going to look back at them. We gonna to laugh, we gonna to cry. But we gonna be happy. Enjoy your life now. Teach other young men how to become a champion,” Deborah Wilder said 

Shirley Finkel, Wilder’s manager, refused to confirm the boxer’s future. He has spoken to Wilder, who is now spending time with his family. While there is no rush to decide, it is hard to see where Wilder can secure a big fight next. Having fought for big purses, does Wilder want to continue boxing for smaller paydays? Finkel said he would back Wilder whatever he decided.

“He is fine, he is sleeping now. He was very emotional last night obviously. We didn’t expect it to go the way it did. I have nothing but praise for the way Zhang fought, he was the better man. It is Deontay’s decision whether this is his last fight or not. I love the guy, I’ve been with him for 15 years and I don’t want him to get hurt. It is totally his decision, I will let him know how I feel but it is his decision and I support him whatever he does,” Shirley Finkel stated 

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