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Interview with Deontay Wilder

Deontay WilderBy Dan Henderson: Today I had the chance to ask American Heavyweight Deontay Wilder some questions.


Henderson: Hi Deontay, thanks for taking the time to speak to me. First of all You are a former Olympic bronze medalist, who impressed you the most at the London games? Why do you think the Americans came up short?

Deontay: Sadly to say I never could catch boxing on the networks. I was pissed. The point system they build to keep Americans from being a power house again is what happened to the short coming of the Americans. It’s easy to be cheated with that system hands down.

Henderson: You’ve compiled a record 24-0-0 24 KO’s, what do you say to those that claim you have not fought anyone worth mentioning? Do you think the level of opponents has been poor or do you feel that you could knock most fighters out if you connected with that right hand?

Deontay: I would tell them to enjoy seeing me. I’m going to be around for a long time, so love me or hate me it’s your choice. Any fighter in the world has a strong chance of being knocked out by me if my punch land clean. my power is beyond my time, but the true key is what lives deep within you. If you’re hungry and determined to succeed no man will stop you.

Henderson: You have been compared to American legend “Iron” Mike Tyson. How do you feel about that comparison?

Deontay: That’s great and all but I strive to be the best at it, greater then those that came before me. Mike was he’s own man, I’m Deontay Wilder. I’m building my own legacy, not trying to be compared to someone before me. I want to be greater, where there’s no one to compare me to but me.

Henderson: As we’re on the subject of Tyson, you made some comments about British heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury. Could you tell us why you want Fury rather than someone else? Is he someone you feel you could beat easily?

Deontay: I don’t have anything against Tyson Fury or any other British fighters. I would fight anyone in the world even Goliath if David didn’t defeat him with his sling shot. I’m going off the fans. Boxing is not dead nor will it ever die; It just need that touch of exciting Heavyweight matches. So if the fans wants it, I say let’s give it to them.

Henderson: I ask these two questions to everyone I interview. Who is your favorite fighter of all time? Why did you take up boxing?

Deontay: Ali and Hearns! I took up boxing because I was good at it and I saw a new way to support my family and if I succeeded in it, it could support us for the rest of our lives.

Henderson: Thanks for taking the time to speak to me and hopefully we shall speak soon.

Deontay: No problem and thank you!


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