It takes humility to be great especially in defeat. Some may have a hard time accepting defeat and would end up excuses.
Deontay Wilder’s corner threw the towel in Round 7. To save him from more damaging punishment from Tyson Fury. A tough judgment call by his corner.
Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) lost the rematch via technical knockout against Fury on Saturday at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas. It was his first career loss, which he’s not taking graciously.
Wilder initially questioned the decision of co-trainer Mark Breland. And then later on blamed entrance costume for his loss to Fury. Wilder was upset with Breland. And hinted Breland may no longer part of the team anymore.
I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional. It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened. I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield. If I’m talking about going in and killing a man, I respect the same way. I abide by the same principal of receiving,” Wilder said in a phone interview with Yahoo Sport’s Kevin Iole.
Then Wilder blamed the costume which is too heavy for him.
“He didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is … that my uniform was way too heavy for me,” Wilder said. “I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight.
Well, I think all these excuses will just, you know, emotionally heavy for Wilder to do the explaining about this and that.
I mean, accepting defeat would open more discussions about his future moving forward.
Well, it is damn easy for you and me, you know, to talk about accepting defeat because we’re not the one in that ring and losing that “O” in the record.
But what I’m saying is instead of throwing excuses here and there, why not talk about how greater or greatest your opponent is because that will make you great.
So what’s next for Wilder? I’d love to see him fight Andy Ruiz Jr as the undercard of Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua.
The main event was the winners of the rematch against the undercard. The undercard was the losers of the rematch against the main event.
I’m not saying the above will happen soon as Wilder seemed inclined to exercise the rematch clause.