A month on from the shock defeat that has left Deontay Wilder out in the cold and looking to rebuild, the trainer of one top heavyweight contenders has called on him to retire.
He seemed hesitant to throw punches and was moving backward for all 12 rounds, and ultimately it cost him a wide points decision loss.
It is his third defeat after two comprehensive knockout losses to Tyson Fury and one draw in their epic trilogy of battles between 2018 and 2021.
Fans might now be seeing how much those contests took out of Wilder, who following the last fight had just one round of competitive boxing in almost two years when he knocked out Robert Helenius in October 2022.
Speaking to Seconds Out, Martin Bakole’s trainer Billy Nelson has now called on Wilder to call it a day after seeing his last performance.
“Nobody has seen him box as poorly as that. I’d personally like to see him hang the gloves up.”
He then recognised the great career Wilder has had but claimed his shot resistance seems to have now gone.
“He’s had a fantastic career. The legs weren’t in tune with his body. Everything seemed to be so disorganised. He didn’t look as though he could take a shot. He looked a bit dodgy when he was taking the shots.”
Whether or not Wilder does leave the sport behind is to be decided but if not, there are still big fights to be made with the likes of Anthony Joshua and even Francis Ngannou.