BARRY HEARN believes Deontay Wilder ‘looked a beaten man’ and could retire from boxing after his second loss to Tyson Fury in Las Vegas.
Fury put an end to his rivalry with Wilder in emphatic fashion on Saturday, knocking the American out in the 11th round to retain his WBC and Ring magazine titles.
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Fury knocked Wilder out in round 11[/caption]
Wilder refused to show respect to Fury after the fight[/caption]
Wilder did, however, put in his best performance out of the trilogy and scored two knockdowns in round four – but was unable to finish the Gypsy King off.
And Hearn – father of Mathroom Sport’s main man Eddie – believes it could be the last time Wilder is seen in the ring.
“He looked a beaten man mentally and physically on the night, and subsequently the way he’s been talking.
“It was a comprehensive demolition job by Tyson.
“I think most of us predicted a win for Tyson Fury but didn’t perhaps see the drama we were going to get. It was a great fight for heavyweight boxing.
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“A great fight for Tyson Fury who seems to be so confident he could walk through walls at the moment.”
Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott says the 35-year-old ‘doesn’t have to fight again’ having secured his family’s financial future.
But insists retiring is not in Wilder’s plans.
Scott said: “Deontay has set his family financially secure so he doesn’t have to fight to make a living.
“But retiring is not in his plans at all and not something we’ve discussed.”
The return date being looked at would fall a month after Wilder’s Nevada State Athletic Commission is up.
Fury’s next opponent could be the WBC mandatory title challenger Dillian Whyte.
But first, the Brit has to get past Otto Wallin on October 30.
Should Whyte win, the two Brits could fight in December, in what Eddie says will be a ‘massive event’.
Eddie – who manages Whyte – told iFL TV: “If Dillian gets the job done at the O2, then we get a massive fight between two Brits for the WBC and Ring magazine titles
“I don’t see why Tyson wouldn’t want to fight Dillian Whyte. It’s a huge payday and massive event.”