KEY POINTS

  • Eddie Hearn commends Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's explosive trilogy fight
  • Fury will face Dillian Whyte  if the latter wins his next fight
  • Wilder's trainer says that retirement is not yet on the table

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder sought to put an explosive end to their trilogy and delivered on their promises, with British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn commending both fighters for putting on an excellent showing.

Speaking with iFL TV, the promoter was all for the madness that ensued during last Saturday’s trilogy fight.

"Technically it was all over the shop, but who cares? The drama was unbelievable. Massive credit to both [fighters]. They both deserve credit,” Hearn said.

Everything went as advertised for the fight, with both boxers having their chances to shine. But it was Fury who came out on top with an 11th-round knockout of his bitter rival.

“[Deontay] Wilder looked hypnotized in the ring, right before the fight. He started the first round quite good, working the body, but he looked petrified and exhausted before the fight had even taken place," Hearn recalled.

"After three rounds he [Deontay Wilder] couldn’t stand up and I thought it was all over. He comes back with the equalizer, big right hand [that] knocks [Tyson] Fury down. It was non-stop and full of drama. I have to give Fury credit because he dug deep and got the win.”

As a promoter and a fan, Hearn recognized how important this fight was to the sport.

“It was brilliant for boxing and for the heavyweight division because we need fights like that and everyone’s talking about it. Props to both guys and an honest, massive congratulations for [Tyson] Fury, because it was a great win," he explained.

Hearn offered Wilder consolation regarding the loss, recognizing that the American’s past three fights had all been with “The Gypsy King”.

“[He] shouldn’t be disheartened that his only defeat has come from Tyson Fury because he’s a brilliant fighter. I just think Fury’s got his number mentally. He absolutely terrorizes him mentally and emotionally,” he remarked.

Fury’s next opponent is projected to be Dillian Whyte after the WBC ordered a mandatory defense in August, provided that he wins against Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin.

As for Wilder, it looks like retirement is not yet on the table as his trainer Malik Scott revealed to iFL TV.

"Deontay [Wilder] has set his family financially secure so he doesn't have to fight to make a living. But retiring is not in his plans at all and not something we've discussed," Scott shared.

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