‘I’m proud of you’ – Deontay Wilder hilariously gives his statue a hug and pep talk to kick off massive year that could include Anthony Joshua fight


Deontay Wilder visited his statue ahead of what promises to be a big year for his boxing career.

The former WBC heavyweight champion, who defended his title ten times before failing twice against Tyson Fury, was honored in May with a statue in his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Wilder has a statue of himself in his hometown
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To celebrate the New Year, Wilder visited his statue before uploading a hilarious video to social media that showed him hugging her and giving her a pep talk.

“Hi, how are you? Merry Christmas. Happy New Year to you. How are you feeling? Are you okay? Did you hold on?” Wilder jokingly asked the statue after kissing her.

“You look cold. I’ll have to find you a blanket to keep you warm. Right now you look good. I’m proud of you and everything you’ve done.

“There’s more to do though, I’ll see you soon.”

Wilder was considering retirement after his trilogy loss to ‘The Gypsy King’, but after unveiling his statue he revealed he would continue to fight and booked a comeback fight against Robert Helenius.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ viciously knocked out Helenius in one round when they faced off at the Barclays Center in New York on October 15 to seemingly set up a WBC final eliminator against Andy Ruiz.

'I'm proud of you' - Deontay Wilder hilariously gives his statue a hug and pep talk to kick off massive year that could include Anthony Joshua fight
‘The Bronze Bomber’ kicked off his 2023 by visiting his statue
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'I'm proud of you' - Deontay Wilder hilariously gives his statue a hug and pep talk to kick off massive year that could include Anthony Joshua fight
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However, since then Wilder has been more interested in a possible fallout with Anthony Joshua who he has been linked to a fight with since 2016.

Negotiations to try to make the fight a reality failed several times between 2017 and 2019 but could happen in 2023 according to Eddie Hearn.

Last month Joshua’s promoter gave a promising update on his relationship with Wilder manager Shelly Finkel.

The pair had a very public falling out following their previous failed attempts to fight, but are now putting that behind them and working together on what would be a huge pay-per-view event.

'I'm proud of you' - Deontay Wilder hilariously gives his statue a hug and pep talk to kick off massive year that could include Anthony Joshua fight
A potential fight with Anthony Joshua could take place in 2023
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'I'm proud of you' - Deontay Wilder hilariously gives his statue a hug and pep talk to kick off massive year that could include Anthony Joshua fight
Wilder’s manager Finkel had a productive conversation with Hearn which is hugely encouraging
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Hearn told ID Boxing, “I had some really nice conversations with Shelly recently.

“I think we all made mistakes last time and I won’t make that mistake again.

“So I’m not saying anything, but the lines of communication are clear and open, which is great news for everyone.

“I don’t know what the next step is, but what I can tell you is that the relationship and the communication is good enough to have hope.”

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