Deontay Wilder has insisted that he is ready to replace Floyd Mayweather as the face of boxing and wants to bring all the heavyweight titles back to the USA.
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Wilder makes the first defence of his WBC belt against Eric Molina on Saturday night, and many expect him to display the vicious power that has made him one of the most exciting fighters in the sport.
Having answered questions in his 12-round performance against Bermane Stiverne to win the belt, Wilder insists that he has everything required to become the new face of boxing with Mayweather expected to retire after his next fight on September 12.
“Floyd Mayweather seems to be coming to the end. Boxing needs me to take over. I believe I can be the exciting new face,” Wilder said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“There is nothing better than the heavyweights to keep the boom going. The fans love the big men. Historically ours is the sport’s marquee division and it’s great for the game that it is coming back to life.
“It’s also time to bring back the undisputed heavyweight championship to America, where it belongs.”
The 29-year-old has won all 33 of his professional bouts with 32 wins coming by way of knockout, but he has only just received significant credit after previously being criticised for the level of opposition that he has faced.
Wilder insists that he wants the big names in the division with the likes of Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury suggested as future opponents, although they will likely fight each other first later this year with the Ukrainian’s belts on the line.
Nevertheless, Wilder is certainly the most exciting name in the heavyweight division at this point, although Brit Anthony Joshua is on the right path to do big things in the next 18 months.
While AJ is still some way off a title shot, Wilder plans on cleaning up the division in the meantime and it undoubtedly brings the buzz back into the sport with a big American hope leading the way who has the brash personality to go with his knockout prowess in the ring.