AMERICAN HEAVYWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION DEONTAY WILDER CONDUCTS LOS ANGELES MEDIA WORKOUT
Sat, 10 Feb 2018
Wilder Defends His WBC Title Against Fellow-Unbeaten Luis Ortiz Saturday, March 3 Live on SHOWTIME
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 9, 2018) Ė Just days after the birth of his daughter, American heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder met with members of the Southern California media on Thursday as he prepares to defend his WBC Heavyweight World Championship against fellow-undefeated challenger Luis Ortiz Saturday, March 3 live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXINGô.
Wilder and his girlfriend, fellow ďWAGS AtlantaĒ star Telli Swift, welcomed their daughter into the world on Tuesday before Wilder turned his focus to March 3, climbing in the ring at Team Watson Boxing Club in the San Fernando Valley to work out with his trainer Mark Breland, the former U.S. Olympics gold medalist and former WBC Welterweight World Champion.
The 32-year-old Wilder owns a perfect record of 39 wins, zero losses and 38 knockouts. Fighting out of his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala., he was a 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist and is the only reigning American heavyweight world champion. The 6-foot-7 Wilder faces the toughest opponent of his career in Ortiz, a 6-foot-4 Cuban who owns a professional record of 28-0 with 24 knockouts.
Here is what Wilder had to say on Thursday:
ďOnce I unify all the titles then line up the mandatories, Iíll easily get to 50-0. Iím not a 12-round fighter, and I donít get overtime. Iím a knockout artist. So that being said, I donít take much damage, but I give all the damage. I put people in the hospitals. I put people in stretchers. When you fight me your head is not the same when you leave. When you fight me youíre really signing a death warrant.
ďThis is one of the biggest fights of my career and Iím up for the challenge. Iím going to pass with flying colors.
ďOrtiz has got that reputation of being the bogeyman but Iíve never been scared of the bogeyman. For that reason, I wanted him. A lot of people have been avoiding him, even champions that are champions to this day have avoided Luis Ortiz. But this champion right here took on the opportunity.
Even when [Ortiz] failed the drug test once, I still blessed him again because Iím very adamant about what I want to do. I want to fight the best. I say Iím the best. I say it very proudly, I say it very confidently. I say it so boldly and I want to show the world that I donít play around. If I say it, I really mean what I say. I donít have time to waste.
ďIf he fails again then somebodyís going to need to go whoop his ass. The public needs to whoop his ass. All of Miami should get up and do that. The first time, a lot of people spent a lot of time and a lot of money for tickets and he did what he did. A lot of people were enraged. I heard it and a lot of people blamed me, which I donít know why. But, with this fight right here and what I did with my last performance, it makes it even better. It intensifies the whole fight. So, if he [fails his drug test again] then shame on him. I feel sorry for his soul and his life. I donít think heís going to do that. I think he has a lot of responsibilities in his hands right now. At this point in time he knows he needs to do the right thing. Three times is not the charm in all instances.Ē
On his lifestyle outside of boxing:
ďI just think life itself is just mental. I do a lot of visualization. I do a lot of meditation. It strengthens my mind to go through a lot of the situations that I go through. Having a baby and being on a reality show, all of that is fun stuff. Some people know how to maintain it and some people donít. Iím just a guy that multitasks a lot of things. I can do a lot of things. Even when Iím talking to you, my mind can be in so many different places right now and still be able to comprehend and interact with you. So, I think I was meant for a lot of things. Boxing is just not what all I can do. Iím so talented in so many different areas.
ďIím a laid back guy. In my personal life Iím just a cool, calm and collected dude that likes to live life and I love peace. Unfortunately, in what I do in the ring, I turn into the ĎBronze Bomberí and the ĎBronze Bomberí donít get caught by no one.ď
On being on reality TV and recognized by non-boxing fans:
ďI think itís very important. People need to know who the heavyweight champion of the world is. America got a bad man, an ass-whooper, right in America. I think itís important and people should understand and should know who that is. Thatís why I do the things I do. Thatís why Iím so competitive. Thatís why I speak the way I speak. Sometimes it may annoy people, it may get on peopleís nerves and I never hear it in front of my face, but I understand it. I do it to show people that Iím going to speak it and youíre going to see me deliver it. I think you get the most respect when you say something youíre going to do and you do it. Look at Ali, people hated him. They say he was a big mouth who ran his mouth too much but he proved himself many times and thatís that thing I want to do. I want to speak what I say Iím going to do and you watch me work.Ē
On Anthony Joshua:
ďI want him just as bad as everybody else wants him. If it was up to me, we wouldíve been fighting two years ago. Iíve been calling this man out. When they hyped him up and said he was this, said he was that. Iím the type of person that I get happy for other people. With me and my happiness and me being successful, thatís all up to me. It ainít up to nobody else. So, when I see other people doing great things, when I see good things coming to other people, I get happy for other people. Itís a hard thing for people to get happy for other people because things donít happen for them but Iím not like that because I know my blessings will sure enough come. All I got to do is keep working.
ďI come in peace all of the time but with him, I donít think Joshua wants to fight me. His promoters donít want him to fight me. Theyíre on the goal of trying to build this resume, saying they want to be the first billionaires, stuff like that. But doing that, the plans all end with me. All roads lead to me. Iím not going nowhere, no time soon. They know black donít crack. So, Iím going to be around for a long time. I ainít the best heavyweight in the division. Iím the best heavyweight on this earth. Iím just waiting on the opportunity to prove it.Ē
Prediction on Joshua-Parker:
ďIíve always said Ďlater roundsí. I see that fight going later rounds if Joseph Parker is smart in what he does. He has nice movement and is able to execute on all of the opportunities that he sees with Joshua. Because Joshua canít move his head. Heís a muscle, body-building type of guy. Youíve seen my dance? [chuckles] With that, if heís able to calculate what he needs to do in the ring Ė because the ring has a lot of secrets Ė if heís able to do things he needs to do, I see late rounds. But, like I said before, I think theyíre going to have to knock Joshua out because theyíre not going to give it to him.Ē
Prediction for March 3:
ďPeople ask me the round and I always see threes. This year is a magical year. Itís the year of the 33. So, I see threes everywhere. I see three rounds or less, maybe shorter than that. It all depends on how I feel when I see him.Ē
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