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Deontay Wilder to fight in June to continue to prove his doubters wrong

By Scott Gilfoid: Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) will be making his first defense of his WBC heavyweight title next June against an opponent still to be determined, according to his trainer Jay Deas.

Wilder, 29, says he’d like to defend his WBC belt against the unbeaten Tyson Fury if possible, but the British fighter seems to only want to fight IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

This means that Wilder and his adviser Al Haymon will need to pick out the best possible opponent to face. We could be talking about someone along the lines of #2 WBC Alexander Povetkin, #4 WBC Mike Perez or #6 WBC Vyacheslav Glazkov. Fury is ranked #5 by the WBC, and Bryant Jennings at #3. Jennings gave up his mandatory position in order to face Wladimir Klitschko on April 25th.

“To those who never doubted me. Thanks you!! To all the haters and naysayers. Any more questions??” Wilder said on his twitter.

For Wilder, he seems to need to have doubters because it motivates him to prove them wrong and shut their mouths with his performances. I mean, a lot of boxing fans thought Wilder would lose to former WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne earlier this month in their fight on January 17th, but Wilder put in a masterclass display of talent in beating the hard hitting Stiverne by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 18-109, 119-108 and 120-107.

“There’s no change to the schedule. Everything looks like it points toward summer, probably June,” Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas said to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. “We don’t know who Deontay will fight, but June is the aim. We want to be active. In a perfect world we’d like to be back in June, then again in September and then one more before the end of the year. We want to be different. Deontay does not want to sit on the shelf. He’s hungry to fight.”

Deontay needs a good opponent for his next fight to keep the momentum going for him. He can’t afford to get lazy and face a scrub opponent. He definitely needs a quality guy.

It’s unknown if Wilder’s next fight will be on Showtime or on CBS. If the fight is on CBS, then a lot more eyeballs potentially will be able to get a look at Wilder. He could become a huge, huge star in the U.S if more boxing fans get to see him. Being visible is very important because the more fans that get to see Wilder fight the more of them who will get on board the Bomb Squad express.


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