Deontay Wilder stops retirement plans after seeing his life-size statue

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Deontay Wilder stops retirement plans after seeing his life-size statue

Exactly one year after his last loss to Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder is waiting for a new match against his former sparring partner, Robert Helenius. Although he was on the verge of retirement after that last defeat, an interesting event decided that we should continue to see the 'Bronze Bomber' in the ring.

Wilder's last two fights were against Tyson Fury, and in both, he was defeated by knockouts. Deontay does not hide that this almost permanently distanced him from the world of professional boxing, but a situation happened to him that made him decide to return to professional competition.

In his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a life-size statue of him was unveiled, and Wilder says that it awakened special emotions in him and that he simply could not retire after that.

“What really got me back to this point [was the realization], like, damn, the world really needs me,” Wilder said on The Last Stand podcast with Brian Custer.

“I really motivate people. Although I’ve already known [that], even more so … when I got my statue man – When I got my statue, and that set all my accomplishments in stone, you’re looking at a walking, living legend.

No matter what, my supporters or my haters, when all talk dies, that statue stay risen. You feel me? That statue stay there forever ‘til God comes and takes it away or some type of disaster happens … to see so many people come [for the unveiling] and women and see men break down and show their vulnerable side – I love that”.

Wilder was convinced he should retire

“Many times I sat back and thought would I go back to the ring or not,” Wilder said. “Many times before I used to think ‘when are you gonna be done? Is this it.’ And sometimes you’ll sit and a week will go by, two weeks go by, and then you’ll get that urge to get back to the gym, wanna go back and hit something, wanna be around the sweat, the smell of the gym.

All that, the whole atmosphere of it. “This time around it was different. I didn’t feel that urge. I didn’t feel that sense of wanting to hit, going to the gym and smell the atmosphere and sweat and the conversations of boxing, all those different things I didn’t feel it.

And for months I didn’t feel that urge. I didn’t really know if I was going to return. When you’re a successful Black man as myself and what I’ve not only on the inside but the outside of the ring it’s hard to just really – do you go back? Especially when you don’t need the business anymore.

“Do you go back? Because most fighters in this business are only in it to come out of poverty. We want to be able to get ourselves out of a bad situation and support our families first and foremost. When you have achieved so much and have done that and you’re straight, it’s like why go back? You don’t see anybody with a silver spoon … come into boxing.

That’s why [the sport] consists of guys that have been locked up, [or come from] rural areas, dope dealers, murderers, anything you have in prison you gon’ find in the business”. Although after the match against Fury he truly said that he would not fight again, 15.10. has a new match.