Former world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder expressed resilience and determination after suffering a surprising points loss to Joseph Parker, emphasizing that "this is not the end." The defeat thwarted plans for a highly anticipated showdown with Britain's Anthony Joshua, who secured a victory against Otto Wallin on the same card in Saudi Arabia.
Despite Wilder's third career loss in 47 fights, the American remains optimistic, acknowledging that his timing was off and promising a return to the ring. Wilder thanked his fans for their support and assured them that he would be back, expressing gratitude for the love he received globally.
In a video posted on Instagram, Wilder admitted uncertainty about what went wrong in the fight, citing issues with his timing and activity. He reassured fans that setbacks happen in boxing, but he remains full of happiness, joy, and smiles.
Wilder apologized if he let anyone down but emphasized that setbacks are part of the sport, and he is ready for another fight. He thanked fans for their support in Riyadh and worldwide, underscoring that this defeat is not the end of his career.
Anthony Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, acknowledged the signed contract for a potential bout with Wilder before the unexpected loss. Hearn expressed disappointment about the situation but stated that they would move on.
Joshua, reflecting on the turn of events, recognized the unpredictable nature of elite-level boxing. Despite the setback, Joshua expressed openness to a future bout with Wilder, recognizing both fighters as threats and suggesting that a matchup between them would still generate significant interest and excitement among fans.