Deontay Wilder has yet to confirm his return to the sport, approaching nine months since his last fight.
The “Bronze Bomber” has yet to decide whether he will fight again, despite previously stating his intention.
At the unveiling of a statue in his honor in Tuscaloosa, Wilder told the crowd that he could not leave.
Just a few weeks later, the Alabama slammer gave an interview to Premier Boxing Champions in which he revealed that he plans to retire and doesn’t need to fight.
Either way, it doesn’t hide the fact that Wilder hasn’t won a fight since November 2019. And by the time he steps back into the ring, it will be three full years since his previous victory.
Losing to Tyson Fury twice, once in February 2020 and again in October 2021, is not ideal preparation for a return to prime time. However, legal disputes and the pandemic did not help complete the saga of the trilogy.
Since then, Wilder has taken his time to compete. Spending time with his family and forging a new career in music seems to have left the heavyweight unfazed about his future in the sport.
Deontay Wilder needs some challenge after the Fury debacle that saw the 36-year-old rebuild his reputation in his third and final fight. The epic clash resulted in the pair winning Fight of the Year 2021.
Deontay Wilder’s next move
So what’s up with Wilder now?
Andy Ruiz Jr. is the obvious choice. WBN has reported on many occasions, Ruiz was signed by Al Heymon to a big pay-per-view against Wilder.
On September 4, Ruiz will face Luis Ortiz, who knocked out Wilder twice. A triumph overnight should see the fight end by late 2022 or early 2023.
Wilder should get back in the win column before then. Whether this next move for Deontay Wilde will be a title challenge in Bridgerweiss, held by Oscar Rivas, or also against a PBC challenger, depends on how Wilder wants to play.
But he needs to act sooner than now or his career could be over before he gets back into the fold.