Deontay Wilder keeps fans guessing about returning to the sport despite previously confirming a comeback.
The former WBC heavyweight champion, who held the title from 2015 to 2020, said his journey was not over at the unveiling of his statue in Tuscaloosa last month.
Wilder said: “I can’t stop right now. I must continue my journey, but I love you guys so much.
“I can’t end it like this. This journey’s not over. I must continue my journey.”
“The Bronze Bomber” added: “This moment in time, my goodness
“Amid this journey, I’m being blessed. It’s not like I’m retired, and it’s been ten, twenty years. This is now that I’m getting my flowers.”
Speaking to Elie Sechback in a FaceTime chat on the street recently, Wilder made a shock admission regarding his future.
Deontay Wilder comeback
“I may come back, I may not,” Wilder told Seckbach via coach Malik Scott. “I’m having such a great time outside of the ring, you know.
“You got to understand that I make more money outside of the ring now. So, this is where I am, and I’ve got a statue. Let’s go!”
Fans will be disappointed to learn that Wilder doesn’t have his next fight already lined up. Because when he announced in May, many crossed their fingers that something was already in the pipeline.
A battle with Andy Ruiz Jr. on Pay Per View was the intended target for Al Haymon. When Wilder remained on the sidelines, ex-foe Luis Oritz filled the void.
If Wilder comes back, it could be the final quarter of 2022 or early 2023 due to his outside projects.
A music single alongside his brother Marcellos called “Everytime” received a warm reception. Wilder is now contemplating putting more effort into that side of his career.
As the call tailed off, Wilder was asked about his likeness against the new bronze statue of himself, when he added: “My mom said it looks like the statue came out of her womb.
Finally, quizzed on Scott’s influence on him since joining forces, the 36-year-old responded: “He’s one of the best. What else can I say?
“We are lions. We come in positivity and prosperity. But we are just trying to turn it into gold, man.”
Scott will be in Wilder’s corner if an expected bout gets announced in the coming weeks.
WBN Editor Phil has over ten years of boxing news experience. Follow WBN on Twitter @WorldBoxingNews.