Former WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder has no plans of competing in the bridgerweight division.
The WBC turned some heads with its announcement of the new division. This new weight class will feature fighters competing anywhere between 190 pounds and 224 pounds. The new cruiserweight limit under the WBC is 190 pounds. Many have assumed that Wilder will be the poster boy of the division since he has fought under 220 pounds in the past.
It’s time to pump the brakes on that assumption. Wilder spoke to Brian Custer on The Last Stand Podcast. When asked about potentially ruling the roost at bridgerweight, “The Bronze Bomber” revealed he isn’t interested (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“I understand that people have to make money and this is a way to create a way for people to make people with these belts but…as a fighter that’s in it I don’t understand all these different weight classes and stuff like that. If it’s specifically designed for me to be the face of it, you know, I decline.”
WIlder last competed back in February. He suffered a seventh-round TKO loss to Tyson Fury. In the process, Wilder lost his WBC Heavyweight Title. “The Bronze Bomber” was expected to take on Fury a third time before the close of 2020 but “The Gypsy King’s” team claimed Wilder’s rematch clause expired.
Wilder has said he will take legal action against Fury’s team if the trilogy fight doesn’t take place. Fury wanted to move on to a fight on December 5 but that plan won’t be going through. Queensberry Promotions’ Frank Warren says that Wilder is still in play to fight Fury next.