Wilder: Nobody Wants This Fight
Deontay Wilder has been quite vocal and quite unhappy over the past several weeks.
The unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion in no way wants a rematch with Bermane Stiverne. Which is why Wilder arranged a six figure compensation and spot on the November 4th card, so Stiverne can step aside for Luis Ortiz.
All of that went down the drain when Ortiz tested positive for banned substances. This left the WBC heavyweight champion with no choice but to make a mandatory defense against Stiverne on November 4 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
In an interview with his hometown paper, the Tuscaloosa News, Wilder is in no way happy about the circumstance he found himself in.
“I must complete the task,… Unfortunately, he’s the body that’s in front of me. Nobody wants this fight – I don’t even want it. But the reality of it is, it must happen. He’s my mandatory, so there’s no way around it, and people have to deal with that.”
The undefeated Wilder defeated Stiverne in January of 2015 to win said WBC title, and in the time since they fought Stiverne has only fought once, which was a November 2015 victory over Derric Rossy.
Wilder still expects to beat the only opponent he hasn’t knocked out even easier in their rematch.
“It’s not like I was trying to avoid Stiverne, because I wasn’t… The second time it’s easier. When I figure you out the first time, the second time is a piece of cake. It’s a piece of cake, and the way I am now – it ain’t even near the end of camp and I’m already ready right now. That’s the dangerous part about it.”
The Alabama native took offense at Stiverne’s belief that he hasn’t improved since their first fight.
“For him to feel like I haven’t gotten any better, he’s in for a rude awakening,” Wilder said. “He’s already examining me wrong. He’s already looking at the situation wrong when they had me so wrong the first time. … Like I said, I feel like in this fight there’s going to be a lot of slow singing and a lot of flower bringing, so people have to get ready. I’m here to prove a point.”