Deontay Wilder expects to take Mayweather’s place
By Scott Gilfoid: The highly talented WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) expects to step into the big shoes of superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (49-0, 26 KOs) to become boxing’s No.1 attraction now that Mayweather has retired from the sport after wrapping up his career a little over a week ago against Andre Berto on September 12th.
The 6’7” Wilder believes that the fans will gravitate to him now that Mayweather is gone. Deontay, with his impressive highlight reel knockouts, will win over the American public with his constant knockouts and become the new star of the sport.
Wilder, 29, has a 10-year timeline, as he expects to be out of the sport by the time he’s 39-years-old. He doesn’t want to still be fighting in the sport when he’s in his 40s. By then, Wilder will likely be fabulously wealthy and will spend the remainder of his life living the comfort life of the rich and famous.
Wilder will be facing #12 WBC Johann Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) this Saturday, September 26th, on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from his home state at the Legacy Arena, in Birmingham, Alabama.
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) September 23, 2015
“After Floyd went out, up pops Deontay Wilder. That’s the plan,” Deontay said. “That’s always been the plan and I’m making sure that that plan is played out like it’s supposed to. I am the heavyweight champion and the heavyweights are the cream of the crop and now it’s our turn. We’re bringing it back. Floyd has done a marvelous job with his career and stuff like that but now it’s my turn; now it’s time for the big guys to rule the division like they once were and I’m the man for the job.”
For Wilder to take the baton from Mayweather as the sports’ top fighter, and biggest pay-per-view attraction, he’ll need to defeat Wladimir Klitschko, the current IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion, and then move forward to defeat all the top contenders like Dillian Whyte, Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin, Vyacheslav Glazkov, Bryant Jennings, Lucas Browne, Carlos Takam, Luis Ortiz, Erkan Teper, Charles Martin, Tyson Fury, Joseph Parker and Kubrat Pulev.
If Wilder can beat some if not all of those heavyweights, then he could have smooth sailing for the next 10 years. Wilder could be sitting pretty the same way Wladimir has in the last decade.
There’s no question that Wilder will still need to smooth out the rough edges in his game for him to hold onto his title or titles for the next 10 years, but I think it’s very possible for him to do that due to his size, speed and punching power.
The money that Wilder can make in the next ten years is immense. I believe he can wind up making much money than what Wladimir has made in his 10 years as a world champion, because the United States is a lot bigger than Germany, where Wladimir typically fights.
Wilder could be getting paydays on par with Mayweather if he can wipe out all the threats to his throne. Once Wilder defeats the above mentioned fighters, he’ll have nothing but an endless supply of tune-up level opposition, because the heavyweight division is just awful when you get past 6-10 of the best fighters.