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Interview with Deontay Wilder

A talk with hard-hitting Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder

By Rob Scott
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Deontay Wilder

Historically, the heavyweight division of boxing has been seen as the backbone and glamour division of the sport.

So much so that when there is ever a lull in heavyweight action, cries of the sport’s demise inevitably surface. Not having a standout American heavyweight for literally years now really seems to be one of the nails that have been sealing the fate of the sport, as the love for the sport and the belief in its re-emergence has really taken a hit that’s been harder than that of a fighter in the ring.

Enter Deontay Wilder, who is a Bronze medal winner in the 2008 Olympic games, and holder of an impressive, 29-0; 29 KOs), professional record. In recent months, along with trainer and 1984 Olympic Gold medal winner and former world champion Mark Breland, Wilder’s reputation has been gaining momentum and notoriety, as he is being touted as a definite American heavyweight hopeful.

On Saturday, October 26, Wilder brings his brand of heavyweight punishment to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, when he faces Nicolai Firtha, 21-10-1; 8 KOs), as a part of a Showtime Championship Boxing triple header, headlined by Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins’ mandatory defense of his IBF Light Heavyweight championship against Karo Murat.

I spoke to Wilder as he was preparing for his upcoming fight. He lays it down to our readers about his heavyweight intentions and what the sport can look forward to with his emergence on the heavyweight scene. 

READ: INTERVIEW WITH BERNARD HOPKINS

Long being a person who believed that a fighter’s star truly shines when people get to know the fighter, not just see what the fighter can do in the ring, tell us who Deontay Wilder is. Who are your influences?
 

Well, for those that don’t know me, Deontay Wilder is not only a great boxer, but he is a great down-to-earth person. He is a father. Really, in person, he is a loveable guy. He’s a silly guy, too, who loves to make people smile and make people happy. My inspiration has always been my daughter, Naieya, who was born with Spina Bifida. She has always been my drive, as well as all of my kids, who are my motivation and drive to do well in this sport.
 

The boxing world has been hearing a lot about you as of late, especially since your last couple of outings. What can the fans at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and the Showtime viewing audience expect to see from Deontay Wilder on October 26?
 

You can definitely expect a knockout, that’s for sure. But more than that, you can expect excitement and entertainment. I like to please the fans because I’m a crowd pleaser. You can expect the same that was seen in all the other fights. That’s what I’m going to continue, even after I win the belts. People, when they come to see heavyweight fights, they come to see knock outs. I have delivered that in 29 fights, and I come to deliver it again on the 26th.

Everything takes its time, but you are being seen as the heavyweight that can lead the U.S. out of its heavyweight slump. There are many who not only believe that you can, but it’s only a matter of time when you will indeed change the face of heavyweight boxing. Being conscious of these beliefs, does this create added pressure for you as you climb through those ring ropes?

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1. Speedoo said... on Oct 24, 2013 at 10:34AM

“Why is someone with a 29-0 record fighting a nonentity with a record of 21-10-1 and only 8 KOs?

The two best fighters he's faced are Liakhovich, who once had a world title but who'd been stopped 3 times in 4 losses in his previous 6 fights, and the notoriously hittable Audley Harrison. Almost everyone he fights are, to use the old cliché, strictly opponents.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Oct 24, 2013 at 11:31AM

“Firtha by KO!!! Wilder is a stiff.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Oct 24, 2013 at 11:31AM

“Firtha by KO!!! Wilder is a stiff.”

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4. Rob Scott said... on Oct 27, 2013 at 08:44PM

“Speedoo, you have to crawl before you walk. No one said Wilder is there yet, but he's on his way...if moved well. He is definitely a big talented guy. If moved well, he could be the truth.”

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