“Let’s just say 2013 is going to be very interesting for me and fans all over the world…I would like a fight with Fury ASAP, but he’s a coward. He won’t fight anyone he knows he has a high chance of losing against. He’s shown that himself when he handed David Price his Commonwealth belt…2013 is going to be interesting,” stated undefeated heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder, who is more than eager to take his career to the next level. Check out what he had to say about his future plans and much more!
SS: Firstly, congratulations on your victory on Saturday. You weighed in at a career high? is that going to be your target weight from now on, or are you comfortable at adjusting your weight based on opponent?
DW: Well, personally, I’m looking to get to 245. I’m gaining the weight while keeping the speed, but I’m comfortable with any weight. I’m not in a rush.
SS: Impressive performance; three knockdowns, with both hands and three different punches. Likely made all the big heavyweights step up and take notice. We have seen Jay Deas say that your fighting better guys fight by fight. How many fights are you off from a world title fight, you reckon?
DW: Let’s just say 2013 is going to be very interesting for me and fans all over the world.
SS: Eric Gomez of Golden Boy said, “We need a guy that will give Deontay rounds.” Is there any style of fighter you would like to test you or gain extra experience from?
DW: I’m a fighter that adjusts to any style. The Olympics taught me that, so by that being said, one style come all.
SS: We’ve seen Manny Steward come out and describe you as the the best heavyweight prospect, which must be pleasing. Are there any talks set to go ahead with the Klitschko camp about a showdown next year?
DW: 2013 is going to be interesting (laughing).
SS: In the past, we have seen fighters that struggle to cope with the reach and jab of the Klitschkos, and often not had the speed to cause them problems. You have great speed and possess reach as well, so with more experience, it might not be such an issue for you. What do you see as the key to beating these guys?
DW: Speed is power, but I also have the power, so to combine the two is like mixing an American bulldog to a pitbull; you’ve created a beast, which I’m a beast waiting to taste champion blood. The better man will win; it’s simple as that. Most guys just been trying to survive and get money with these guys.
SS: Tyson Fury has made noise recently, which seemed to get the Klitschko’s attention. Fury has been given problems by fighters before, but fighters ranked very highly. You, on the other hand, have disposed of your opponents with no problem at all. Would a fight with him interest you?
DW: I would like a fight with Fury ASAP, but he’s a coward. He won’t fight anyone he knows he has a high chance of losing against. He’s shown that himself when he handed David Price his Commonwealth belt.
SS: As we know, heavyweights sometimes peak quite late. You have blown away guys with ease up to now, but what do you feel you need to improve at this stage of your career?
DW: There’s always room for improvement, so I work on everything. I have to make it from good to great.
SS: Any other fighters you have on your radar in the near future?
DW: I want whoever wants a piece of this chocolate cake. I will fight anybody in the world.
SS: Jay Deas is relatively unknown to the every day boxing fan, but has done a very good job with you. What is Jay’s best assets as a coach?
DW: Jay truly doesn’t get enough credit. I thank God for him. He has been great in my life as well as career. He has taken many parts – manager, promoter, trainer – in my career and been killing the game while doing it. I don’t know anyone else that knows boxing like him. And to clear it up, truth be told, many think Mark Breland trains me all the time, but they’re wrong, I’m still with Mark, but due to a small situation, I haven’t trained with him in almost 2 years. It’s been Jay from the beginning and it will be Jay in the end
SS: Speaking of coaching, after the Olympic performance of the USA guys, there have been calls for a change in the coaching structure? as an Olympic Bronze medalist yourself, how do you see the state of coaching in the US?
DW: Some serious changes need to be met and agreed on about who should or shouldn’t coach the fighters. It’s very important to have someone you’re comfortable with in your corner.
SS: Has anybody caught your eye at these Olympic games?
DW: Gabby the gymnast. I’m very happy and proud of her.
SS: Who was your main inspiration and boxing idol growing up?
DW: Ali and Hearns
SS: When can we expect to see you return to the ring?
DW: Hopefully by October.
SS: Finally, any message you have for your fans or other heavyweights out there?
DW: Fans, I love you and continue to support me. Deontay Wilder, the next Champ of the World! And heavyweights out there, five words. DON’T GET IN MY WAY (laughing)!
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