Deontay Wilder makes a retirement pledge ahead of a make-or-break fight

Wilder performed poorly in his last fight and a loss to Zhilei Zhang in Saudi Arabia this Saturday could see the American retire from boxing

Tyson Fury believes he has won the fight after the split-decision loss to Oleksandr Usyk

Deontay Wilder has admitted he could hang up his gloves if he loses to Zhilei Zhang.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ retired from boxing after his back-to-back defeats to Tyson Fury, but returned the following year to KO Robert Helenius in one round. Wilder took another year away from the ring and looked a shadow of his old self in his comeback fight against Joseph Parker last December.

Wilder’s loss to Parker ruined plans for an illustrious two-fight deal against Anthony Joshua and the American acknowledges his career is on the line against Zhang on Saturday. “We have a second chance to correct a lot of things and present myself now,” he told DAZN Boxing.

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“It’s going to be a different fight this time and if it’s not a different fight then retirement is definitely being very, very considered. Some people over the years have just gotten hardcore fans into boxing and some have said, ‘I want that Wilder back .I want to see those highlights.’

“I like the pressure because when you are under pressure it gets the best out of you if you really want it. Unless you want to accept what you’ve already done and I don’t want to accept what I’ve already done because I feel like I have so much more to give. I want to add my name to the list of unified champions.

Zhang also faced Parker in his last outing and lost on points despite dropping the New Zealander twice. The 38-year-old is still confident he can become world champion again, starting with a victory over Zhang.

“As long as I’m still in this business, I want to be a champion. If a fighter in this business thinks he doesn’t want to be a champion, don’t get into it.

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