Deontay Wilder, the former WBC Heavyweight champion has been on something of a sabbatical since his second career loss to Tyson Fury in October last year.
During an interview with Premier Boxing Champions on Friday, Wilder gave no clear indication he would return to boxing following an interview.
Wilder, who turns 37 this year, did reveal that he has received supportive messages from some of his fellow heavyweights who are eager for him to come back.
“When you have a strong, outspoken, powerful and exciting heavyweight as myself boxing is beautiful.”
“When you have an exciting heavyweight boxing thrives. And I’m living proof. When you don’t have that heavyweight there no more things start to die down. I’ve even had guys in the heavyweight division reach out and say, ‘Champ the division is not the same without you, we need our champ back’.”
“So many have sent messages. ‘Boxing is dead, boxing is boring without him’. Trust me, I hear it all of the time from top people in boxing.”
‘The Bronze Bomber’ was recently the recipient of a life size statue in his honour during an event in Wilder’s home city of Tuscaloosa. The knockout specialist hinted at the time that he would come back but has never fully committed to a yes or no.
“I’m definitely considering coming back.”
“This is something we’re figuring out. I felt a re-boost for my career and coming back for the people when they gave me my statue.”
“It’s just a happy moment in time for me right now. I’m so blessed and I’m so happy and I’m at peace. I’m just in a great spot in life. I’m living my dream, not the American dream, but my dream.”
Being one of the hardest hitting heavyweights of all time means you’re always an attraction. If Wilder does decide to make a return to the ring there would be no shortage of big fights available with Dillian Whyte, Andy Ruiz Jr, Otto Wallin and the loser of Joshua vs Usyk all options.