Deontay Dines And Dishes On Division, Unification
Deontay Wilder arrived in the United Kingdom, not to announce or unveil his next fight, but to attend the opening of a restaurant in West Yorkshire.
In between bites of a burger and some pizza, Wilder spoke with the BBC about the heavyweight division.
“It has been amazing watching all the fighters,” he said. “Moments where it has been memorable and history has been made, and upsets too – the sport has blossomed.
“As a champion, sitting back watching it has been amazing to see what is going on and the dynamics. Once I get rid of Ortiz, I will get rid of Fury too. We will figure it out, but Ortiz comes first.”
While he is focused on Ortiz and to a certain extent, Fury, Wilder is not a huge fan of unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua’s December 7th clash in Saudi Arabia.
Wilder said: “As far as location is concerned, they need to have a neutral venue, one that not only satisfies the fighters but the fans too.
“It should be somewhere people have knowledge about, it is too late to figure out the history of a country. Will it be safe? God forbid, if anything happens to someone or their family. I can understand why Ruiz does not want to go there.”
“I saw Ruiz punch Joshua in the temple, and it knocked his equilibrium out,” Wilder said of the June 1st clash inside Madison Square Garden.
“He could not recover and that meant he got knocked down four times. When you are in a situation where you have not been before, it is like life teaching you a lot of lessons on the job.”
“At that moment on the job for Joshua, he had to learn and could not pull through. But having fallen this time in life, the next time he might pull through because he has experienced it before, and he should be able to correct the wrongs.”
“Ruiz in my opinion,” Wilder said of who wins their rematch. “I feel Joshua does not know how he lost, and that means he will not know how to set up a proper training camp – but anything is possible.
“Boxing is an amazing sport and you just do not know what is going to happen. That is why I love it.”
Even though Wilder has raised the scorn of popular British fighters Joshua and Fury, hundreds of fans turned out to see Joshua arrive for a meal.
“It has been a very long time since I fought in England – 2013 when I fought Audley Harrison, so I want to defend my titles here and unify the division,” said Wilder.
“It is getting very, very close. As you can see, the heavyweight division is so exciting right now and it is a big party,” the WBC world heavyweight champion continued.
“I am looking forward to dancing with the best of the best and one day there will be one name, one face, one champion.”