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I Have 3-4 Years Left: Deontay Wilder Says He Can Continue Boxing Till He’s 40

Deontay Wilder, the once-invincible, undefeated, WBC heavyweight champion of the world will be back in action for the first time this October since his back to back setbacks against Tyson Fury in the past two years. Despite the recent upsets, Wilder wants to make a fresh resumption to his career and believes he still has more to give to the sport.

It was a hard decision of coming back: Deontay Wilder

Following their first encounter back in 2018 December which ended in a draw, Wilder was dethroned by Fury in their rematch in February 2020, marking the end of a five-year title reign and the first professional career defeat of the ‘Bronze Bomber’. The trilogy, which took place in October last year, saw Fury going 2-0 over his rival, as ‘The Gypsy King’ retained the green and gold belt with an 11th round knockout of Wilder.

Fury vs. Wilder 3 results: Tyson Fury flattens Deontay Wilder in instant classic - MMA Fighting
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After a break of 12 months, Wilder is all set to be back in the squared circle against Robert Helenius on 15th October against former two time European champion Robert Helenius. Speaking to Kenneth Bouhairie and Michael Rosenthal on the PBC Podcast, Wilder said that he plans to continue competing for three to four years after the Helenius fight.

“I know I’m great,” said Wilder, “I have three, maybe four years left, and then I’m completely done. I’ve done great with my finances. I make more money outside of the ring than inside of the ring. To even get in the ring, I need to have a certain minimum. It feels good to make a decision about when and what you want to do. I’m not coming back to the sport because I need to. And it’s a great feeling to be on the opposite side because most of the time [other boxers] need money.”

“I didn’t at all [keep up with anything in the sport]. My wife goes to fights and watches way more than I do. When I’m away, I’m away. I go missing in action on purpose. I’m a renaissance man. I’m more than just boxing. I’m more than just an athlete,” the 36-year-old went on, “At the end of the day, I knew that I had to come back because I motivate and inspire so many around the world. So here I am. I’m very excited to come back to Brooklyn and continue to present my greatness to the world.”

“I’ve been enjoying myself with my family, kids, and loved ones. It was a hard decision of coming back. What I should do? Basically what I wanted to do. Now I’m here …  I got the blessing from my family, and basically that’s all I need. Now I’m ready to inspire and motivate. You’re looking at a guy who has it all, and I say that with a smile,” added Wilder. [H/T]

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