News | Sep 26 2015

Deontay Wilder: ‘I am the legitimate heavyweight champion’

Wilder must prove it in the ring vs. Klitschko, Mike Coppinger writes.
Deontay Wilder
bermane-stiverne-deontay-wilder-weigh-in-04-photo-by-naoki-fukuda  |  Naoki Fukuda

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Wladimir Klitschko is recognized as the heavyweight champion, with his three belts and countless defenses, but Deontay Wilder doesn’t see it that way.

The way Wilder views it, his WBC belt, which most fighters relish over the other three belts, is more valuable than Wlad’s IBF/WBA/WBO belts, and Wilder should be viewed as the man in boxing’s glamour division.

Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) makes the second defense of his title Saturday against lightly regarded Frenchman Johann Duhaupas, and will do so in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala. The bout will also mark NBC’s first heavyweight title bout in prime time in 30 years.