‘The Bronze Bomber’ suffered the first defeat of his professional career as Fury
won the WBC heavyweight title after delivering a thrilling performance in Las
The now-former champion was left bleeding from his lip and ear as Fury
pummelled him for large portions of the fight, with Wilder’s team throwing in
the towel in the seventh round.
Wilder was absent from the post-fight presser, heading straight to a local
hospital to receive stitches in his ear, according to trainer Jay Deas, who filled
in for him in front of the assembled media. “He had a small cut inside the ear
which may have affected his equilibrium so he’s going to get some stitches.
“That’s the extent of it; it was a gruelling fight against a gruelling fighter. This
will give him some time to enjoy his family and rest up.”
Speaking immediately after the fight, Wilder protested his corner’s decision to
pull him out.
“The best man won on the night. My coach threw in the towel but I’m ready to
go out on my shield,” Wilder said.
“I had a lot of things go on coming into this fight but it is what it is.
“I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield, I’m a warrior.
But he (Fury) did what he did and there’s no excuses.”