Floyd Mayweather believes he can be of great help to Deontay Wilder.
Wilder is the former WBC Heavyweight Champion. He lost the title to Tyson Fury in their rematch back on February 22. It was the first loss of “The Bronze Bomber’s” pro boxing career.
While Wilder is known for his one-punch knockout power, some believe his skills could use some fine-tuning. One prominent name in the world of boxing who agrees with this notion is Mayweather. Here’s what he said during an appearance on Shannon Sharpe’s CLUB SHAY SHAY podcast (via BoxingScene.com).
“Tyson Fury’s solid, he’s got skills. Deontay Wilder’s got bombs, but we can make his skills a lot better. I’m here to help fighters, even Wilder. I’m here, all he’s got to do is let me know what he wants to do and we can make it happen.”
In the past, Wilder expressed his belief that Mayweather didn’t pass the torch to him as the next great African-American boxing star. This is what Wilder told BoxingScene in 2019.
“I haven’t [gotten Floyd’s support], and that’s OK. Sometimes it takes our own kind to come to a realization. Sometimes people don’t want to let go, especially with our culture and people. We’ve been brainwashed for so long, and put down for so long. It’s taken a while to love us as a race. Black excellence has come a long way, but you still have a few crabs in the bucket around, but all that will be washed away eventually.”
Wilder is expected to challenge Fury for the WBC Heavyweight Championship in a trilogy fight. The bout was supposed to take place back in July but the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to that plan. The matchup was then moved to December 19 but a new date is being worked on due to some pivotal NFL games happening that weekend.