DEONTAY WILDER revealed he was convinced he would not retire from boxing after having a statue erected in his honor.
Wilder, 36, stepped out of the public eye following his trilogy loss to Tyson Fury to process back-to-back defeats in 2020 and 2021.
The bronze bomber considered quitting the sport until May when he was honored with a life-size statue in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The American boxing star then decided to give it another try after being convinced he was a “walking, living legend” the world needs.
Wilder said on The Last Stand podcast, “Which really brought me back to this point [was the realisation]damn, the world really needs me.
“I really motivate people. Although I already knew it [that]even more… When I got my statue man.
“When I got my statue and all my achievements set in stone, you see a walking, living legend.
“No matter what, my supporters or my haters, when all talk dies, this statue remains resurrected. do you feel me
“This statue stays there forever until God comes and takes it away or some kind of disaster happens.
“So many people come to see [for the unveiling] and women and see men break down and show their vulnerable side – I love that.”
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Wilder is expected to return to the ring on October 15 to face Robert Helenius.
However, the 36-year-old has also recently challenged Fury, Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6320154/deontay-wilder-statue-tyson-fury-robert-helenius-boxing/ Deontay Wilder says the statue erected in his honor convinced him NOT to give up boxing and says he is a “walking, living legend”.