Deontay Wilder Declares Comeback, Targets Joshua and Ruiz in Heavyweight Scene
Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is ready to make a statement in the boxing world, announcing his return to the ring after over a year of inactivity. The 38-year-old from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, last fought in October last year, knocking out Robert Helenius in less than three minutes. Now, Wilder is gearing up for a stronger comeback and is eager to face the challenges ahead.
Despite unsuccessful negotiations with former unified champions Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr, Wilder remains undeterred. He acknowledges the complexities of the boxing business, calling for a governing body to bring structure to the sport. Frustrated with the unpredictable nature of negotiations, Wilder expresses his desire for a more organized approach to matchmaking in the heavyweight division.
While Wilder hasn’t given up on facing Joshua, he believes the British boxer may be avoiding the matchup due to fear. In a candid statement, Wilder expresses his willingness to sit down with Joshua for a genuine conversation, emphasizing the potential magnitude of their clash as the “biggest fight in the world.”
Negotiations with Ruiz seemed to hit a roadblock, with the Mexican-American reportedly pricing himself out of a bout against Wilder. However, Wilder reveals that discussions are back on track, indicating a renewed interest in making the fight happen. Despite the hurdles, Wilder remains optimistic about the potential matchups and is determined to bring excitement back to the heavyweight division.
Wilder’s return coincides with an intriguing time in the heavyweight scene, marked by Tyson Fury’s unexpected challenge against UFC crossover Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia. Although Fury secured a split decision victory, the bout raised questions about the champion’s form. Wilder, having faced Fury three times previously, observes the shifting dynamics in the division and asserts his readiness to reinvigorate the heavyweight scene.
As negotiations unfold and Wilder prepares for his comeback, the boxing world anticipates the resurgence of one of the most powerful punchers in the heavyweight division. The potential matchups with Joshua and Ruiz add an extra layer of excitement, promising fans thrilling moments in the ring.