‘He was exhausted after three rounds, and that’s not normal’: Eddie Hearn alarmed by Deontay Wilder’s poor stamina in the early rounds of his defeat by Tyson Fury in world title fight

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  • Deontay Wilder’s head coach Malik Scott insists he has no plans to retire
  • But Hearn warns it will be difficult for them to continue fighting at the top level.
  • Hearn says it was ‘not normal’ for Wilder to be tired from the third round

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Eddie Hearn says it was ‘not normal’ for Deontay Wilder to be tired in the opening round of his title match with Tyson Fury.

US head coach Malik Scott insisted Monday that the 35-year-old has no plans to retire after Fury’s 11th round exit in a thrilling WBC World Championship match in Las Vegas.

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But Anthony Joshua’s promoter Hearn warned that it would be difficult for Wilder to continue fighting at the top level as he had “lost his legs” by the third round.

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Deontay Wilder looked lethargic and tired in the opening round against Tyson Fury

He told IFL TV, ‘After three rounds, he lost his leg. It was only his heart and his strength that kept him in the fight.

‘Obviously, Fury caught him with a great shot and got down twice. The second didn’t knock anything, but the fury was still everywhere.’

Wilder has weighed around 219 pounds for most of his career, but the 6’7″ fighter for trilogy battles bulks up to 231 lbs.

Eddie Hearn warns it will be difficult for Wilder to continue fighting at top level

And Wilder looked sluggish and weary against Fury.

Hearn said: ‘But Wilder couldn’t stand, he was tired after three rounds, and that’s not normal. Some heavyweights have good tanks.

‘Fury’s tank is extraordinary, but you can’t just say, ‘He is like that.’ If you can’t stand after three rounds, you can’t fight championship at any pace.

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