Freddie Roach Gives Deontay Wilder Important Advice Over Tyson Fury Rematch
Legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach has warned Deontay Wilder he faces a massive risk by immediately jumping back in the ring with Tyson Fury.
Wilder, 34, suffered his first professional defeat and lost the WBC championship to Fury in their blockbuster rematch last Saturday.
And the former WBC champ, who has blamed his defeat on his 'heavy' ring-walk outfit, has confirmed his intention to activate his rematch clause.
Roach believes that Wilder should opt for a "warm-up fight" first and put his "right hand back in action" before a third showdown with Fury.
"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," the 59-year-old told Fino Boxing.
"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."
Fury, 31, fought Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta as part of his 2018 comeback before he targeted a fight with Wilder.
Roach, who was in Fury's corner for his first showdown with Wilder, praised the 'Gypsy King' for the approach that he adopted for the second fight with the 'Bronze Bomber.'
"He's a very good fighter, he knows how to box, he's a very, very good boxer," he explained.
"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 his game plan], we worked together for a little bit [and] 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 furious with his team's decision to throw in the towel and even conjured up a conspiracy theory to explain one of the reasons behind it.
But Roach has backed trainer Mark Breland's decision to pull his fighter out of the mauling that he was receiving from Fury at the time.
"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," he said.
"I think the right hand stayed home that night."
When the legendary trainer was asked when he felt Fury would win the fight, Roach responded: "From the dressing room.
"One guy was in a great mood, happy to be where he's at, the other was pacing back and forth, just wasn't himself.
"He was very nervous going into the fight and that cost him."
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