Deontay Wilder says he doesn’t feel Oleksandr Usyk will be a threat to his world title; however, he feels Daniel Dubois will be a worthy challenger down the line.
Wilder recently sat down for an interview with Sky Sports, where he discussed topics such as his upcoming rematch with Luis Ortiz, his scheduled rematch with Tyson Fury and the rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua.
Wilder was also asked about the undefeated Usyk, who will be moving up to the heavyweight division this month after becoming undisputed cruiserweight champion through the World Boxing Super Series. Usyk fights Tyrone Spong in Chicago on October 12.
Wilder believes Usyk is “too small” to be as threatening a figure at heavyweight as he was at 200 pounds.
“Oleksandr Usyk is not a threat to me,” Wilder said. “He’s too small for me. He does a lot of movement and stuff like that, but that don’t faze me.”
Wilder did, however, give praise to British heavyweight Daniel Dubois, who is 13-0 since his professional debut in 2017. Only one of Dubois’ fights has gone to a decision, and his last four have all ended within five rounds.
Dubois won the British heavyweight title against Nathan Gorman in July and claimed the Commonwealth title by defeating Ebenezer Tetteh last weekend.
“UK fighters definitely have some great guys on the horizon, I really like Daniel Dubois,” Wilder said. “I’m really liking that kid, he’s strong, he seems very focused, he seems very disciplined in what he’s doing, he seems like he’s on a mission. So I definitely wish him well in his pursuit of coming up.
“I think he’s going to be a good challenger. Whether it’s me, and I’m still here, or whether it’s somebody else, I think he’s going to be a good challenger. I think he’s definitely going to make it to fight for a world title one day. To be a champion? Who knows? But I think he’ll get to that point. I like a lot of the other guys as well, but for me, he stands out the most.”
Wilder defends the WBC heavyweight title in a rematch with Luis Ortiz on November 23. With a win, he and Tyson Fury are projected for an early 2020 showdown.
Quotes via Boxing Scene