Deontay Wilder and the Hazards of Sports

Background

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought their second fight on February 22nd, 2020.

As of today that makes a little over 8 months since that fight.

Deontay lost by TKO in the 8th round.

 

Injuries

Once one reflects on how long it is taking for the signed trilogy fight to occur it is almost impossible not to surmise that Deontay likely suffered not easily surmountable injuries during the second fight.

 

Facial Dent

 

USA Today:- Deontay Wilder accuses Tyson Fury of loading gloves, avoiding him

Link

First, the alleged loaded gloves: “I saw in the first fight when Ricky Hatton was pulling down your gloves to put your fists in the improper position,” Wilder said on the video. “Y’all tried the same method the second time, but this time, you scratched flesh out of my ears which caused my ears to bleed.

“It’s impossible for a brand-new 10-ounce glove to bend, to keep a smushed-in form or to have loose space. I highly believe you put something hard in your glove. Something the size and the shape of egg weight.

It’s the reason the side of my face swelled up in the egg weight form and it left a dent in my face as well.

 

Athletes

Athletes go through a lot.  Sacrifice a lot to take care of their young ones.

Here are some known sacrifices:-

  1. Deontay Wilder
    • Naieya Wilder
      • Spina bifida

Medical Terminology

Spina bifida

Mayo Clinic ( Link )

  1. Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly. It’s a type of neural tube defect. The neural tube is the structure in a developing embryo that eventually becomes the baby’s brain, spinal cord, and the tissues that enclose them.
  2. Normally, the neural tube forms early in pregnancy and it closes by the 28th day after conception. In babies with spina bifida, a portion of the neural tube doesn’t close or develop properly, causing defects in the spinal cord and in the bones of the spine.
  3. Spina bifida can range from mild to severe, depending on the type of defect, size, location, and complications. When necessary, early treatment for spina bifida involves surgery — although such treatment doesn’t always completely resolve the problem.

 

Personally

Personally, I believe Deontay is done fighting.

Head injuries are nothing to play with.

Keep him, Naieya ( his eldest ), in your thoughts, well wishes, and prayers.

 

Referenced Work

  1. The Sun
    • PAPA DOES PREACH How Wilder went from son of a preacher to heavyweight champ who fights for daughter with life-threatening spina bifida
      Link
  2. Tuscaloosa News
    • Wilder family are born fighters
      Link
  3. USA Today
    • Boxing Junkie
      • Deontay Wilder accuses Tyson Fury of loading gloves, avoiding him
        Link

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