DEONTAY WILDER, the holder of the WBC heavyweight title, gave his take on Tyson Fury’s victory over Wladimir Klitschko to become the new world champion.
“I was very disappointed that Klitschko didn’t show up and do the things that we expected of him and what he was capable of doing. It could be many reasons why that Klitschko didn’t show up, because that wasn’t him as a fighter. Klitschko as a person, his body was there, but as a fighter, something was missing. That isn’t what we’re used to seeing out of Wladimir Klitschko,” the American said. “I think Father Time has knocked on his door, and he don’t want to let him in yet. But, I think it’s knocking at his door, and that fight proved it.”
While details are still being finalised, Fury and Klitschko will fight again in 2016. “I’m going to see the second time around. So some people are still in daze of belief, because they can’t believe what they’ve seen,” Deontay said. “Just like my career, many times, people make excuses for me. They say different things; even criticize me because they can’t understand why I’m able to do what I do, and how I do it when I do it. So, it’s the same thing as Klitschko. So we’re going to see the second time around, was this real?”
Wilder believes he is the man to unify the division. “I can’t wait to show you everything that I have to offer. Just as I developing my skill, I develop everything I’ve learned over the years, and apply them in the ring,” he said. “I want it to be embedded in you guys’ brains that 2016 belongs to Deontay Wilder, where he will unify the division. There hasn’t been one since 1999. That was Lennox Lewis. Now I must make history. I can’t let any man get in my way from that.
“If any man feels that I’m just talk, like [Artur] Szpilka says, he thinks I’m just talk. There’s never been anything I said that I haven’t done. But we’ve seen him, many times, talk. We’ve recently seen him say the same shit he’s talking about now. And what happened? He ended up becoming the loser.
“Everything I’ve said I’ve backed up. That’s why I’m still the champ. That’s why I am a winner. And the thing about it, my 10,000 hours is coming up – of training is coming up… I understand my abilities and skills inside that ring, and those 10,000 hours is definitely approaching.
“I’m looking forward to the world embracing me, and to continue being the heavyweight champ of the world, soon to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”