By. Mariam Ayebare & Agencies
Deontay Wilder was a notable absence at the post-fight press conference after being taken to a local hospital following his heavy defeat at the hands of new heavyweight king Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
The American was floored heavily by a blow to around the temple in the third round that caused blood to pour from his ear, the result of a potential ruptured eardrum.
Wilder went down again in the fifth round before his co-trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel midway through the seventh.
The swelling was visible around Wilder’s jaw and eyes as referee Kenny Bayless intervened to bring proceedings to a halt.
The measure may well be precautionary as Wilder, now 42-1-1 was able to complete his post-fight interview in the ring immediately afterward.
He said: ‘I’m doing good. Things like this happen. The best man won tonight, but my corner threw in the towel and I was ready to go out on my shield.
‘I had a lot of things going on heading into this fight. It is what it is, but I make no excuses tonight. I just wish my corner would have let me go out on my shield. I’m a warrior. He had a great performance and we will be back stronger.’
Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas and promoter Shelly Finkel were in attendance at the press conference and insisted the former champion will pursue a trilogy fight while providing an update on his medical condition.
Deontay Wilder was reportedly taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons after his loss to Tyson Fury
Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round.