Opinion | Nov 03 2017

Deontay Wilder: ‘I am the best. I am the baddest. I hit the hardest. I am the most feared’

'I will be the undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,' declares Deontay Wilder as, in his own words, he vows to unify the heavyweight division
Deontay Wilder
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BERMANE STIVERNE was the only man to survive the ‘Alabama Slammer’ and avoid a knockout. When I knock him out, then nobody will be able to say they made it through against me. He was nothing but a lot of lumps and excuses after the first fight.

It’s been a long road for me. I’ve had my ups and my downs. The ups I’ve celebrated, but the downs have hurt the most. It’s all led me to here. All I ever wanted to do is prove to the world that I am the best. I am the baddest. I hit the hardest. I am the most feared. My record speaks for itself.

Winner takes all. I am a man of my word. We’ve heard Bermane Stiverne say these same things before. We’ve heard it all before. What happened the first time? Everybody knows. Hopefully he doesn’t get dehydrated this time.