The world of boxing is still buzzing following Tyson Fury's electric knockout of Deontay Wilder in the 11th round of the WBC Heavyweight Championship. While the world of boxing is still basking in the glow of what was a great night of combat sports, Fury is looking towards his next goal. Prior to fighting Wilder, Fury indicated that he hoped to fight title challenger Dillian Whyte and the winner of the Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua II befor retiring. Meanwhile, Wilder hinted at retirement prior to stepping into the squared circle of truth on October 9.
“I feel it is getting close – retirement,” Wilder told Brian Custer of The Last Stand Podcast before the fight.
After suffering a knockout, many believed that Wilder may retire at 35 years old. His trainer, Malik Scott, quickly shut those rumors down on Monday.
"Deontay has set his family financially secure so he doesn't have to fight to make a living," Scott told iFL TV.
"But retiring is not in his plans at all and not something we've discussed."
Scott stepped in as Wilder's trainer after the former heavyweight champion cut ties with Mark Breland in 2020. Boxing insiders have praised Scott's ability to work with Wilder to create a comprehensive game plan for Saturday's fight. Scott attributes Wilder's improved strategy to his relationship with the veteran fighter.
"Deontay and Mark never had a relationship outside the gym, they never talked for more than five minutes on a phone call. Me and Deontay would never fall out and not speak again - our bond is too tight," Scott explained.
While Scott hopes to strengthen his bond with Wilder in the ring, he has not identified who the former champion may fight next. Andy Ruiz, Robert Helenius and the loser of Anthony Joshua-Oleksandr Usyk II have been suggested as potential opponents for him.