Opinion | Feb 27 2018

Deontay Wilder: ‘I’m the best heavyweight champion in this era’

In his own words, Deontay Wilder looks forward to his confrontation with Luis Ortiz
Deontay Wilder
Deontay Wilder workout  |  Esther Lin/Showtime

I am the best heavyweight champion in this era. I am the best heavyweight champion, period, and I’m willing to prove that not only to Luis Ortiz but to the world.

I think Luis Ortiz is a great fighter and I think this is the biggest fight that could be made at this point in time in boxing. He’s been waiting a very long time and here I come, Luiz Ortiz called me his angel because I came along, I took him under my wings, I’ve blessed him not only once but twice and I can’t keep saying that enough.

I want people to get it in their mind that I could have run from this fight. I could have chosen any opponent that I wanted to fight on March 3, especially when all the other stuff went about, I could have easily gone somewhere else but no, I’m adamant about what I say, I’m confident about what I’m going to do and I’m ready to prove it to the world. So I got the perfect opponent, it’s the perfect time, it’s the perfect place.