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Roach: Wilder Took a Beating, Right Hand Stayed Home That Night

Hall of Fame Freddie Roach would not advise former world champion Deontay Wilder to take an immediate rematch with Tyson Fury.

Last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Fury captured the WBC heavyweight title when he stopped Wilder in the seventh round of their rematch. The first bout, in December 2018, ended in a controversial twelve round split draw. 

Wilder has made it clear that he intends to exercise a contractual clause to force a trilogy fight with Fury - which should happen in the summer.

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Roach would like to see Wilder take an interim-fight, and then face Fury for a third time.

But if Wilder takes a pass on a trilogy fight, it's a very realistic scenario that Fury will never face him in the future.

"I’d like to see him go get a warm-up fight, get a good win under his belt and get his right hand back in action, that’s my opinion," Roach told Fino Boxing, according to Metro.

"But rematches are in contracts and so forth, and if he thinks he can fight better and turn it around I wish him all the best of luck."

Roach was very impressed with Fury's strategy and the way he executed his game plan to unseat Wilder in the second fight.

Roach had worked with Fury in the first contest. He was assisting Fury's former trainer Ben Davison. 

"He’s a very good fighter, he knows how to box, he’s a very, very good boxer," said Roach.

"He got caught with a couple of big shots from this guy last time, he made sure he kept himself in safe places. He fought a very smart fight, it was a very, very good fight for him.

"I was not surprised [by Fury’s game plan] we worked together for a little bit, we’ve talked about the best way for him to fight. He did everything he said he was going to do and more. It was a great performance, he just knew what he could do with this guy. I think he won every round." 

Wilder was not happy with the contest being stopped, due to his corner throwing in the towel. Roach saw no issue with the stoppage. 

"He was taking a beating, he didn’t look like he was going to turn it around, and he had no moments in that fight where he finally landed the right hand," said Roach. "I think the right hand stayed home that night."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by ShoulderRoll on 02-27-2020

[QUOTE=lowblows420;20425580]Roach would be a perfect replacement to train prospects for wilder would be roach, kronk gym, Floyd Sr or dude that trains yarde. That would be great places for wilder to vastly improve.[/QUOTE] The dude that trains Yarde? :lol1:…

Comment by lowblows420 on 02-27-2020

Roach would be a perfect replacement to train prospects for wilder would be roach, kronk gym, Floyd Sr or dude that trains yarde. That would be great places for wilder to vastly improve.

Comment by A-Wolf on 02-27-2020

Fury took his soul. Can't throw a right hand without a soul.

Comment by Real King Kong on 02-27-2020

Fury fought wilder like roach wanted him to fight him the first time around.

Comment by 5000boxing on 02-27-2020

[QUOTE=PBR Streetgang;20424845]Out of curiosity, if you had Wilder's ear and could advise him on his future moves, what would you say? Would you exercise the rematch clause? Take a step-aside deal to fight the winner of AJ/Fury and maybe take…

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