Deontay Wilder: I’m going to continue to show my greatness
By Chris Williams: Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder has no intention of retiring as some boxing fans believe he’ll be doing. The former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) says he’s going to continue to show his greatness in the sport that he loves.
Without naming names, the Alabama native says that boxing is a “dirty business” and that the management wants to steer their fighters around other guys. It seemed obvious who Wilder was talking about.
He’s been trying to get his contractual rematch with the ‘Gypsy King’ Tyson Fury, and he’s been having a difficult time getting the fight.
Wilder is still wrapped up in mediation to FORCE a trilogy fight with Fury, who chose to go in a different direction towards a unification match with IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Fury’s promoter Bob Arum believes the contract that he had with Wilder has now expired, but that’s something that will be decided by the mediator.
If the mediator fails to rule in Wilder’s favor, he’s expected to look to face the winner of the May 1st fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Chris Arreola. Wilder could also fight Dillian Whyte or Charles Martin.
Those would be excellent tune-up fights to get the 6’7″ Deontay ready to battle the winner of the two Joshua – Fury fights.
“We in it for a reason. I love it. I’m in love with it,” said Deontay Wilder to We Might Need Counselling Podcast. “But trust is hard to come by because it’s money.
“Desperate times call for desperate measures. It’s a sport that I love, and I’m going to continue to do it and show my greatness in it.
“I got a lot of things that I want to do in this sport. But politics play a big part in certain things happening. Management, promotion companies.
“Certain guys don’t want their fighters to fight certain guys because they plan for their guys. It’s a lot that goes on,” said Deontay.
What Deontay said about him choosing to “Continue” in the sport won’t make some of the promoters happy, as the last thing they need is a dangerous guy like him sticking around, putting pressure on their bread & butter fighters to face him.
With Wilder’s power, he could wreck things for a promoter by destroying one of their fighters.
“Boxing is a dirty business, man,” Wilder said. “Some people would say it’s a business, but it’s a good business when you are making money. I guess everyone is happy when they are making money. It’s a money-driven business,” said Wilder.
It’s going to be interesting to see how long Wilder will need to wait before he eventually gets a crack at his old WBC title.
Without the World Boxing Council’s help, Wilder could find himself frozen out for a long time by Joshua and Fury.
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