Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) has a 100% knockout ratio. The 6’7” specimen is surely one to behold, but has his professional record been overemphasized? Wilder has never endured a professional fight longer than four rounds, due to his astonishing power and lack of top notch opposition. When analyzing his amateur pedigree, he was awarded a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, hence the alias, “The Bronze Bomber,” but is his resume good enough to defeat the WBC champion of the world, Bermane Stiverne? Wilder believes so.
Wilder has told the press, ”I have heard nothing but excuses for my 32 wins by KO and when I get 33, I don’t want to hear anything about it. The time has come to change that. This is my time. I have no doubt at the end of this fight my hand will be raised as the new heavyweight champion of the world.”
Wilder believes his power will play a major role in the fight. He stated, “I don’t get paid for overtime so why go all the way, that’s why I finish things early in the ring.” He seems to embrace the promotional build up to the fight, but is also very eager to get in the ring, “I can’t wait! I’m so passionate about this fight,” Wilder said. “I wish it were tomorrow.”
Wilder expressed his daughter has been a huge inspiration in his career, and promised her he will become the heavyweight champion of the world. He explained, “I can’t let my ultimate number one fan, my daughter, down on January 17. I’m going to fulfill my promise to her and become a world champion.”