The WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder took a break in training camp to sit down with our man Steve Lillis ahead of Saturday 21 May’s fight against Alexander Povetkin.
“I’m in Sheffield for the second part of my training, we wanted to be a little bit closer to travel to Russia,” explained the defending Champion.
Wilder travels to Moscow after team Povetkin won the purse bids to stage the fight, which is live on BoxNation.
It’s arguably the biggest test of the 30 year old’s pro career which has seen him blitz away 35 of his 36 opponents inside the distance. Only Bermane Stiverne has heard the final bell.
One man firmly on Wilder’s agenda is Tyson Fury. The pair have exchanged Tweets in recent months as a potential fight looks inevitable should both men come through their next contests.
“I think Tyson Fury is good for boxing, he’s just a different character. We need different characters in this sport. Everybody can’t be talk talk, a tough guy… You need someone with a different personality. You either love him or you hate him! He’s good for promoting fights,” revealed Wilder.
Fury caused a stir at his recent pre-fight press conference with Wlaidmir Klitschko when he sensationally removed his shirt stating “You lost to a fat man!”
“I’m a silly guy every day of my life, when I see another personality that almost matches mine it brings a smile to my face. He is funny!”
Another Brit who could line up against Wilder at a later stage is Anthony Joshua, who holds the IBF version of the World Title.
“Anyone that has a Title is the man to be beat. I want to unify the division and be the undisputed Champion of the World. I’m sick of so many belts, it’s been switched between so many people – I want one name, one face, one belt… Deontay Wilder!”
Watch Deontay Wilder v Alexander Povetkin, live on BoxNation Saturday 21 May from 7pm!