Opinion | Jan 15 2016

Deontay Wilder aiming to fill Lennox Lewis’ shoes

Deontay Wilder outlines his plans for world domination ahead of January 16 showdown with Artur Szpilka
Deontay Wilder Lennox Lewis Artur Szpilka
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DEONTAY WILDER: I’m so happy to be here in the ‘Big Apple.’ It’s been over 115 years since there’s been a heavyweight title fight in Brooklyn and you’ve invited your ‘country friend’ to end that streak.

Everything has happened at the right time in my life. Even the people I’ve met in my career have come at the right time. I still think about the first time I met Lennox Lewis and he took the time out to talk to me and he showed me different techniques. I’ll never forget.

Lennox was one of those guys that set the standard. He’s a hard act to follow. But I love a challenge. Everybody has had struggles coming up. Now my children are my motivation and that’s what has made me strong physically and mentally.


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