Deontay Wilder told to take one-year break after Tyson Fury loss

Deontay Wilder has been advised to make changes to his team and spend a year getting back to his top form before activating the trilogy with Tyson Fury by the Gypsy King’s trainer Andy Lee.

Wilder suffered the first defeat of his career in Las Vegas on Saturday night when Fury stripped him of his WBC heavyweight crown.

Fury battered the American from the first bell until the towel was thrown into the ring in the seventh round.

Nasty cuts had blood oozing from Wilder’s ear and mouth and he was rushed straight to hospital after the fight.

The showdown was not really a contest as Fury showed another string to his bow with a brutally dominant, heavy-hitting display.

Legendary trainer SugarHill Steward teamed up with Lee to replace ex-coach Ben Davison six weeks ahead of the fight.

And that proved crucial in adding new tactics and techniques to Fury’s game – and Lee reckons Wilder needs to make similar adjustments if he activates the rematch clause.

“I think he is very happy with myself and SugarHill and he will be asking us to help him again for his next fight, whoever that may be,” Lee told Off The Ball.

“Wilder has a right to the rematch as the loser of the fight so if he wants to have that rematch we are not sure, but he might do.

“I think he might so that will be our next fight but I can’t see it going any differently.


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“I think if I was Wilder I would say have some other… fight somebody else.

“Bring somebody else into your camp, don’t change coach just bring somebody else in who can refine him a little bit and then go for Tyson – but give it a year.”

Fury could have to rematch Wilder this summer if the 34-year-old makes the request.

The Wythenshawe-born boxer has his sights on unifying the heavyweight division with a blockbuster fight against Anthony Joshua.

But boxing expert Johnny Nelson can only see one fight happening this summer.

“I watched the fight alongside Dillian Whyte, the mandatory challenger,” Nelson wrote.

“He was saying, ‘I hope Tyson doesn’t stop Wilder, I want to be the man to stop him!’

“Unfortunately, Dillian, who has been waiting 900 days for his chance, may be passed over again as he’s considered too dangerous a stepping stone.

“The way he was battered, I’m not sure Wilder will take the rematch and the public clamour will be for Fury v Anthony Joshua. Fury is now the man in control.

“He has the blueprint of how to beat both Joshua and Wilder.”

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