Former WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder recently let himself be corralled into an interview at an LA gym by Elie Seckbach of ESNEWS where, among other things, he met briefly with Manny Pacquiao’s son, who is also embarking on a boxing career. Here’s what the Bronze Bomber had to say about a few different topics.
Wilder on a potential bout with Anthony Joshua:
“Joshua don’t wanna fight me…Everybody should’ve known that 50 million was offered to him…after he asked for it…and he didn’t take it…They should’ve known then that something was fishy…Even moving forward, Joshua don’t want to fight.”
Wilder on possibly fighting former UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou:
“I would love to. Another African brother. I respect his decision in what he’s done [secure his release from the UFC as reigning heavyweight champ over a contract dispute].”
Wilder on facing former heavyweight champ Andy Ruiz:
“I think the biggest thing for me and Andy [Ruiz] is just location…It’s coming. I want to fight Andy and I hope he wants to fight me…People been updating me on things. I hear he’s been talking…but keep talking, keep boosting it up because when everything’s signed, sealed, and delivered, and put on play, it ain’t no more play, play, no more turning around…
“Andy’s a good fighter, though. I like his speed. I like his willingness and his bravery, but it’s not gonna be enough for me, though. He’s gonna have to [put] an extra recipe on top of it…everything he’s got…he’s gotta put some more on it…because I am the man, I am that man. That’s why they fear me. With me, you’re gonna have to need extra help.”
Wilder on Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk (and on Fury allegedly cheating):
“I don’t know. That’s a 50/50 fight. Depends on who’s gonna cheat the hardest. That’s what it is, it depends on who’s gonna cheat the hardest. That’s what it is…Somebody got gloves that ain’t approved by a sanctioning body, but because it’s they’re gloves, it’s okay…Somebody had the referees over count…
Wilder on Gervonta Davis vs. Ryan Garcia:
“I think it’s long overdue…I like the fight. I’m going with Tank. I think Tank’s been focused and more ready for that particular fight right there. I don’t know Ryan like that. I’m not saying he’s not ready or whatever. He could be entertaining people, but behind closed doors [working like] this is what he’s been waiting for his whole life. You just never know. But we’re gonna find out when it all comes together. Best of luck to both of you guys.”
Wilder on Wilder:
“People don’t come and see me for no titles and stuff like that no more. That’s not for me. People come to see me knock people out. So, I don’t have to have the titles. I don’t have to have belts. People come to see me for what I do. That’s why you don’t see people booing when there’s nothing [going] on, because they know it’s coming. What do I always say? You don’t know when it’s coming, but it’s coming. When it comes– bam, baby good night!”
The former WBC heavyweight titlist is coming off a brutal first round knockout of “Nordic Nightmare” Robert Helenius this past October in a comeback showing after back-to-back stoppage losses to Tyson Fury in 2020 and 2021. Prior to the Fury defeats, the Tuscaloosa, Alabama native had notched ten consecutive defenses of the title he took from Bermane Stiverne in 2015.
Wilder has been tied to a top contenders bout with fellow former champ Andy Ruiz, with rumors saying that the heavyweight clash could happen as soon as late spring or early summer of this year.