'Grow up': Mike Tyson urges Wilder to stop feeling sorry for himself
‘He feels like giving up, “Oh, my life is over. Oh God, I want to die.’ Grow up”: Mike Tyson urges Deontay Wilder to stop feeling sorry for himself after losing his WBC belt to Tyson Fury
- Deontay Wilder’s career is at its lowest ebb after losing to Tyson Fury in Vegas
- Mike Tyson has told Wilder to grow up and stop feeling sorry for himself
- He says Wilder shouldn’t feel discouraged and can still make a lot of money
- Wilder and Fury are set to fight for a third time but bout has been pushed back
Boxing legend Mike Tyson has urged Deontay Wilder to ‘grow up’ and stop feeling sorry for himself after losing his WBC heavyweight title to Tyson Fury.
Fury and Wilder drew in their first fight, before the Brit upset the odds to produce a stunning performance in Las Vegas in February, and Tyson believes the Bronze Bomber has not been the same since.
Following Wilder’s first ever professional loss, Tyson said of his countryman: ‘[Wilder] feels like giving up, “Oh, my life is over. I’ve made $90million dollars (£73m). My life is over. Oh God, I want to die.” Grow up.’
Deontay Wilder’s career is at its lowest ebb after his defeat by Tyson Fury (left) in Las Vegas
Mike Tyson (pictured) has urged Wilder to ‘grow up’ and says he shouldn’t feel discouraged
He continued with some motivational advice, in his interview with Fat Joe on Instagram Live: ‘Keep going through it until it’s really over.
‘Wilder can still make a lot of money. He shouldn’t feel sad or discouraged. And he should continue to go out there and fight with a lot of zest and confidence.’
Wilder and Fury are set for a third fight, but it has been pushed back from July to October amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
When it does eventually take place, US boxing legend Tyson doesn’t much fancy the chances of Wilder unless he can turn his career around.
‘Listen, he didn’t fight the same fight as he fought the first fight,’ he said.
‘The first fight, [Wilder] fought with confidence like he could win. In this fight, he fought like he didn’t have no zest, no life in him. I don’t think he was the same fighter after the first fight.
‘After the first fight, [Wilder] couldn’t rise to the occasion again.’
Fury celebrates the win over Wilder, and the pair are due to fight for a third time in October
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