Feature | Jan 15 2015

EXCLUSIVE Deontay Wilder: My plan was to just be a journeyman before I set my sights on the Olympics

Deontay Wilder reflects on the journey he's taken to secure shot at WBC heavyweight title against Bermane Stiverne

MY plan was to be a journeyman.

“I didn’t know anything about amateur boxing, I knew about Muhammad Ali and him going to the Olympics and stuff but that’s all I knew about amateur boxing. So I started training with all the pros, sparring with all the pros, until 2007 came along, the Olympics was being talked about and I remember asking, ‘What is the Olympics?’ because my knowledge wasn’t very clear.

“They started telling me about it and I was like ‘How do we get there?’ Nobody in the gym knew how to get there because we didn’t have a guy at the time who succeed past the national level yet alone the Olympics. But we knew one thing, that if we kept winning, we had a chance to get there.


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