Deontay Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott has confirmed the Bronze Bomber broke his hand during his defeat to Tyson Fury in the early hours of Sunday morning in Las Vegas.
The pair met at the T-Mobile Arena in what is most likely to be their third and final fight, and once again it was Fury who came out on top thanks to a knockout in round 11.
The fight has been tipped as one of the bouts of the century after a remarkable five knockdowns. Wilder was the first to go down in the third round, before he put down the Gypsy King twice in the fourth.
A resilient Fury rose on both occasions before putting the Bronze Bomber down in the tenth round, and then finally the following 11th to ensure he remained undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Of course a second straight defeat was a tough one to take for the American, who came away with a number of injuries as well as the loss.
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Following the fight Wilder’s trainer Scott confirmed the extent of his injuries: “I took him up into his room, he’s seen a doctor afterwards. Everything’s cool… he busted his lip, he broke his hand, broke his finger, knuckle, something like that. But life goes on.”
Scott then went on to add that he would like the 35-year-old to take a hard-earned break from boxing, and spend some time away from the sport to rest up.
“I really don’t want Deontay talking about boxing or doing anything with boxing for quite some time. I want him to get some good rest, especially after this.
“Even after the last fight he was so worked up. So worked up over the time, and in training and was so excited and so happy to win the arbitration. He really never got to rest, he deserved a good rest. I’m gonna make sure he gets it.”
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The Bronze Bomber more than played his part throughout the event, however he came across what many believe to be the greatest heavyweight fighter of the current time in the Gypsy King.
A heartbroken, but proud, Wilder gave his assessment following the Las Vegas bout, insisting that he did his best and was unsure what really went wrong.
The 35-year-old said: “I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough tonight. 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 pounds to be a ballet dancer.He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded.”
Following his win over Wilder many expected Fury to take on Oleksandr Usyk who beat Anthony Joshua last month.
However, with ‘AJ’ activating his rematch clause, it looks increasingly likely that the Gypsy King will now put his WBC title on the line against either Dillian Whyte or Otto Wallin, who are set to meet at the end of this month.