American rapper Jay Electronica caused a stir among boxing fans on social media over the weekend by tweeting his thoughts on the heavyweight division.
The 45-year-old received a mixed response after he tweeted: “In my eyes Deontay Wilder is the REAL heavyweight champion of the world.”
Wilder is of course no longer a heavyweight champion having been dethroned by Tyson Fury.
The Bronze Bomber first won the WBC crown in 2015 when he defeated Bermane Stiverne.
Successful stoppage defenses followed against Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas, Artur Szpilka, Chris Arreola, Gerald Washington, a rematch of Stiverne and Luis Ortiz.
Then, in December 2018, Wilder met Fury for the first time and, despite two knockdowns, was sent wide and looked lucky to escape with his belt in a controversial draw.
Fury went in a different direction in 2019, so Wilder knocked out Dominic Breazeale and Ortiz again before facing Fury once more.
This time, in February 2020, the Gypsy King beat and stopped the Bronze Bomber, who released a series of bizarre conspiracy theories and excuses as to why he lost the fight.
Eventually, in October 2021, the pair met in their contract trilogy fight which Fury ultimately won by knockout, despite a monumental effort from Wilder once again knocking him down twice.
Now rumor has it that the American is considering a ring comeback, although he hasn’t fought since his last loss to Fury.
As a result, Jay Electronica’s tweet has most certainly divided opinion, with fans of Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua joining the debate.
It seemed that the majority did not take him seriously.
One fan replied, “Is this a Stevie Wonders account?”
While another added: “Should have gone to Specsavers.”
And a third mocked: “In my eyes, Liverpool is the REAL champion of the Premier League.”
However, it wasn’t just the reviews that came in the responses.
A Wilder supporter tweeted: “The facts. Never lost either.
While another said: “Fury was knocked out twice but two corrupt referees helped him beat the ‘count’.”
And a third concluded: “I agree because Tyson Fury retired, hung up. He’s scared of Fury vs Wilder 4 with Deontay Wilder. Until then Anthony Joshua is in the front row with Andy Ruiz Jr behind him and then Oleksandr Usyk.
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