Deontay Wilder sees his star power eclipsing Mayweather in future
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) sees his own popularity eventually eclipsing that of unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the future as he keeps piling up the knockouts one after another, and unifies all the world titles.
The 6’7” Deontay sees himself becoming even bigger than Floyd. While it may be hard for some boxing fans to stomach right now because Deontay is just now made it to the big time in recently capturing the WBC heavyweight title with an impressive win over Bermane Stiverne last January. But Deontay’s popularity can only increase with each big victory, and it’s quite possible that he could become a bigger star in the future as long as he stays undefeated and cleans out the heavyweight division.
When asked if he could become a bigger star in boxing than Mayweather, Deontay said ”Oh, definitely. Most definitely, and I say that with high confidence because the heavyweight division is the cream of the crop in the first place, and the things that I bring, the excitement, the personality that I have, everything about me is all me, is totally me.”
I think it’s possible that Wilder could become a bigger star than Mayweather someday. Of course, Mayweather won’t be around in the near future so it’s going to be easy for Deontay to become a bigger star than him. But I think it’s quite reasonable to assume that Deontay can become more popular than Mayweather is now once he picks up another 15 wins or so. Once his record hits 50-0, I think Deontay will have a huge fan base by that time, and will be a huge PPV attraction.
If Deontay can win his next 17 fights, he’ll have beaten the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte, Bryant Jennings, David Price, Lucas Browne, Vyacheslav Glazkov, Chris Arreola and Shannon Briggs.
I think it’ll get to the point where Wilder will be going through retread opponents at some point after he runs out of guys to fight. It’s kind of like how it is with Wladimir fighting Tony Thompson over and over.
”Some people, some guys when they have cameras in their face, they pursue to be a certain type of person,” Wilder said. ”Their persona about them changes or whatever, and then when the camera is off, they’re a whole totally different person. I don’t have flip personalities. I’m not a fake person.”
Wilder will be defending his WBC title this month on June 13th against Eric Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) at the Bartow Arena, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. It should be a good fight. Showtime Championship Boxing will be televising the fight.