Deontay Wilder is receiving offers of advice and help from all sorts of quarters right now, with the latest being rapper and movie star LL Cool J.
Wilder has unleashed fury on social media in recent weeks after the collapse of his planned trilogy fight with Tyson Fury. The two teams are now in mediation with Wilder’s camp desperately trying to revive the bout.
LL Cool J: Wilder must answer the questions
LL Cool J, a keen boxing fan, had his say on the issue when interviewed on Sirius XM. He said, as reported by World Boxing News: “First of all, I love Deontay, but I think that whether it’s true or false, you have to answer that question in a rematch. The one thing about boxing fans is you understand that people need to lose. You don’t lose respect in boxing because you lose.
“Unless you fight scared and get knocked out, that would probably be the only way that you would lose respect with fans. “Obviously, cheating is a problem too. But he may know things we don’t know he should probably keep in his own camp.
“Deontay Wilder should answer all questions in the trilogy. Because at the end of the day, boxing trolls are brutal. They are always going to say you are looking for an excuse.”
Tyson Fury is like ‘Sweet Pea’
The other huge fight out there right now of course is a possible all-British clash between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. While to some it may appear to be a domestic affair, there is clearly interest in the United States. As LL Cool J highlighted.
“In terms of Joshua vs. Fury, that’s going to be a tough fight. Especially for Anthony, because Fury’s skill is just great. “That herky-jerky movement (shown by Tyson Fury). He is damn near like ‘Sweet Pea’ (Pernell Whitaker).”
While the Fury vs Wilder 3 issues rumble on, Fury has himself “moved on” inside the ring. He is instead likely to face unbeaten German Agit Kabayel at the Royal Albert Hall on December 5.
Should he come through that, and if Joshua defeats Kubrat Pulev a week later, the path could be clear for Fury vs Joshua next summer. At least that is the plan.