Wilder’s loss to Joseph Parker ended hopes of an Anthony Joshua fight, as their two-fight deal never materialized. Both fighters had signed for the bout, but Wilder’s loss meant Joshua moved on to face Francis Ngannou. The former WBC Heavyweight Champion looked out of sorts.
He barely threw his strongest punch, the right hand, which had earned him over 40 knockouts. His inactivity showed, as Wilder only had one boxing round in around two years when he stopped Robert Helenius. That was after Tyson Fury had stopped him in back-to-back fights. At 38, Wilder is unlikely to get a world title shot anytime soon. But Finkel expects his fighter to continue in the sport.
“Deontay will fight again and has no plans to retire. He will fight again, but we have no specific fight yet and are looking at what’s next,” Finked said
Wilder must figure out his next opponent. The only way to put himself back in contention for a huge fight would be to secure some big wins. That would include getting the Parker rematch. There is also the possibility of facing Zhilei Zhang, Filip Hrgovic and Joe Joyce.
Zhang and Hrgovic are in mandatory positions for the world title, making it a worthwhile fight. Joyce may have lost consecutive bouts to Zhang, but he is still considered a credible heavyweight. But another defeat will all but end Wilder’s hopes of returning to the top of the division.