The former heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder confirmed his desire to return to the ring during a statue unveiling ceremony in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Wilder, 36, has not fought since his 11th-round knockout defeat to Tyson Fury back in October of 2021.
However, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ has stated that his ‘journey is not over’ and that he ‘can’t stop now’ as ‘the business of boxing needs’ him to be successful.
Deontay returned to Tuscaloosa to unveil a life-size statue of himself that was created by Caleb O’Connor.
During the ceremony, Wilder explained that he would be returning to the ring in the future as he has a ‘lot of things to get out of the way’ before hanging up his gloves.
Deontay Wilder Set to Return Following Defeat to Tyson Fury
“I can’t stop right here. I must continue my journey. I have to, I have to,” Wilder said.
“I’m looking to resume my career for sure. I’ve got a lot of other things I’ve got to get out of the way.
“I’m taking away from my children if I come back because now I’m able to enjoy my life fully like I want to.
“I sacrificed so much to be in this position in my life, to be able to live my life like I want for the rest of my life.”
The ‘Bronze Bomber added: “I’ve been highly requested. So many people have told me ‘Come back, come back.’ I’d say I’m back by popular demand.
“And the business of boxing needs me. When there’s a thriving American champion, there’s nothing like it.
“When there’s not, you see it’s dead. There’s a drought in [the sport]. People know the difference now.”
Wilder didn’t comment on who he would like to face upon his return to the ring. On top of that, he didn’t provide a timeframe as to when he would make his comeback.
Deontay has not won since his victory over Luis Ortiz back in 2019 but is hoping for a big win upon his return to the ring.
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