Deontay Wilder tries ‘MMA move’ in desperate attempt to skirt loss to Joseph Parker

Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has found himself at the center of controversy. Wilder, 38, faced a points defeat by Parker in a match that concluded the ‘Day of Reckoning’ card in Saudi Arabia.

Parker dominated the action, securing a decisive win with judges scoring 118-111, 118-110, 120-108. Wilder, who struggled to land significant shots throughout the match, attempted to change the tide in the final round by upping his pace.

However, it was during this last-ditch effort that Wilder allegedly employed an ‘illegal’ MMA move. In a clinch with Parker, Wilder landed a series of hammer punches to the back of Parker’s head, a tactic commonly used in MMA but strictly prohibited in boxing.

The referee issued a warning to Wilder for the unauthorized move, but no points were deducted. Social media erupted with fans swiftly calling out Wilder for resorting to questionable tactics.

“Deontay Wilder in there throwing hammer fists going out sad,” criticized one user.

Another accused Wilder of being a “cheating t***” for employing the hammer punch to the back of the head.

“Wilder throwing those hammer shots to the back of his head, not on that,” commented a fan, highlighting the illegality of the tactic in a boxing match.

The controversial move has cast doubt on Wilder’s future plans, including a proposed bout against Anthony Joshua. While defeat in this match raises questions about Wilder’s career trajectory, the former champion stopped short of confirming retirement in his post-fight interview.

Wilder reportedly tried this tactic on Tyson Fury a while ago as well.


“We’ll see what happens, we still have a little bit left, but I did a great job managing my money,” stated Wilder. Despite the loss, he expressed contentment, hinting at a possible return. The boxing community remains intrigued about Wilder’s next move and the potential impact on future matchups.