Deontay Wilder has committed himself to fighting in Saudi Arabia following the news of a multi-fight deal.
The former WBC champion faces Joseph Parker in Saudi Arabia on December 23rd, 2023. The fight card is also stacked with other big names, including Anthony Joshua and Dmitry Bivol. After this card is done, the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world will take place in Saudi on February 17th, 2024. The fight schedule has shown that Saudi is becoming the home of boxing, so Wilder was delighted to continue fighting in the region.
“The timing (of an Ngannou fight) is gonna be a little tricky because of what we have going on with Saudi. I just signed a contract with Saudi. An amazing contract with Saudi. Exciting contract with Saudi. I-can’t-mother-f—ing-wait contract with Saudi. So these next few fights are going to be with Saudi. After this we’ll see what happens. But I’m just happy right now to be a part of what’s going on in the boxing industry. I’m looking forward to the future,” Wilder said
Meanwhile, the Bronze Bomber has warned Parker about getting his tactics right. Parker is the former WBO heavyweight champion, showing he has what it takes at the highest level. But he faces a man who is a serious knockout artist. Wilder has stopped 42 out of 46 opponents, making him one of the most destructive heavyweight punchers ever.
His only defeat came at the hands of Tyson Fury, who decided to walk him down. And since Parker and Fury are sparring partners, the American warned Parker over using the same tactics. Wilder reminded him of Robert Helenius, who had attempted to do the same in his last fight only to be stopped in the first round.
“If Joseph Parker tries to walk me down, there’s two words for that: Robert Helenius. We knew each other very well, but my style had changed a bit from when we sparred, he wasn’t used to me being a mover. He was used to me sitting there, fighting fire with fire. When I switched it up, it knocked him off his game, which caused him to change his game plan up and he started lunging at me, trying to walk me down and the first right hand I threw it knocked him out,” Wilder stated