Deontay Wilder tells Sky Sports why he is the ‘true’ heavyweight king, offers reason for delayed rematch with Tyson Fury and urges UK fans to witness WBC title fight.
In an intriguing heavyweight division currently lacking confirmation of who the number one fighter is, Wilder and Tyson Fury looked to strengthen their grip on the rulership claim last December when they delivered a brilliant battle that was ultimately declared a draw. Drawing grand appraisals from both the boxing community and the mainstream world, Wilder and Fury bathed in adulation and a rematch between the pair appeared a natural fight to make. Almost five months on, the land of the giants, boxing’s glamour league, is back to square one.
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In the early hours of Sunday morning, live on Sky Sports, Wilder will defend his WBC title for the ninth time when he takes on fellow American Dominic Breazeale at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York City. Undoubtedly a stern test, Wilder will have to grant the well-spoken Californian his full respect if he’s to be successful, but before discussing his imminent foe, Wilder was quick to point out why an immediate return with Fury is currently off the radar.
“You saw what happened in that final round didn’t you?” asks Wilder, referring to his sensational last session knockdown of Fury that essentially saved him the fight. Although Fury beat the count, Wilder insists it left its mark. “He doesn’t want to feel that power again. He doesn’t want to be lying on the floor looking up to the sky knowing that I can find this punch at any moment I choose no matter how I’ve performed. His family don’t want to see him like that and that’s the reason why he left discussions for our rematch and ran all the way to Top Rank and ESPN because he can’t beat me on my worst ever night.”
“Believe me right now, this is the truth. This is going to be an early night for me. I know I’ve got a load of fans in the UK who always go out of their way to show me love and I appreciate them staying up for this. They can set their alarms to get up and I promise that they’ll be back in bed in no time because an early knockout is coming. I can just feel it.