Deontay Wilder: “I’m At My Very Best Right Now”
Deontay Wilder is a little over three weeks away from taking on Tyson Fury and defending his WBC heavyweight championship.
But Wilder is definitely ready to go.
The two will meet on Saturday, December 1 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The bout headlines the Showtime pay-per-view broadcast.
Wilder, unbeaten at 40-0 in his career, has defended the WBC belt seven times since besting Bermane Stiverne back in 2015 for it. That includes wins over Chris Arreola, Artur Szpilka and a knockout of Stiverne, who pushed him to the distance in the first encounter.
“I feel like I’m at my very best right now. Mentally, physically and emotionally I’m ready to go. Everything is perfect. I just want to get in the ring and show action. Tyson Fury doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into,” said Wilder, during a recent press conference at Churchill Boxing Club in Santa Monica, California. “As a true champion, I know how to adjust to any fighter that’s in front of me. My experience facing fighters of all styles has prepared me for this special fight.
“I’ve had tremendous sparring. Every day I’m making adjustments and getting myself right so I can get my timing and style exactly how it needs to be. If the fight was this weekend, Deontay Wilder is ready to go.”
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Fury is also unbeaten, sporting a 27-0 record. He won the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring belts in 2015 with a decision over Wladimir Klitschko. However, before defending the lineal title, he was stripped of it.
After three years away, Fury returned this past June and bested Sefer Seferi, following that up with a victory over Francesco Pianeta.
“Fury has height just like me and he also brings an awkward style like myself. He’s rangy, mobile and he believes he’s the best in the world. You’ll get two giants who are athletic and move around the ring like no one else in this sport,” Wilder said. “They say that I have the power and he has the boxing skills. We’ll see on December 1. It’s a puncher versus a boxer. I think the puncher is going to box his lights out, and then I’m going to knock his lights out.”