Heading into the fight, Wilder was expected to come through with a win to set up the Anthony Joshua fight. A two-fight deal had been agreed, with the first set for March 9, 2024. Wilder failed to win as he was dominated in a unanimous decision defeat. The manner of the performance was criticized. Wilder failed to let his right hand go, and his jab deserted him.
With these two critical weapons gone, the 38-year-old’s recent inactivity was scrutinized. He only had one round entering the fight in over a year after a first-round stoppage of Robert Helenius. Wilder did not seem too disappointed initially, with suggestions he could retire. Warren felt Wilder had regressed, putting him out of the picture for the biggest fights. Wilder still desires the Joshua fight, but looking back, it was a missed opportunity.
“I thought that Deontay — he only had one round in two years and he looked like that. To be honest, he looked like a fighter who seen better days and Joseph Parker boxed brilliantly…But I just think, at the end of the day, he looked like a shot fighter to me. That’s how he looked.
“And he’s come with various reasons behind the scenes which I’ve heard and whatever. But, you know, the proof has to be in the pudding and if he comes back and has another fight he couldn’t have another performance like that because it’ll definitely be all over for him,” Warren said