Deontay Wilder has named three potential opponents for his next three fights in a bid to solidify his supremacy in the heavyweight division.
The American boxer has been the WBC heavyweight champion for more than four years now.
Since winning the chip in January 2015, Wilder has successfully defended it nine times, where seven of these title-retention bouts came by way of knockout/technical knockout – a testament of his knockout power.
His most recent victim was Dominic Breazeale, a former Olympian and a two-time world heavyweight title contender.
Wilder’s power was just too much for Breazeale as he did not even last three minutes and was finished at the 2:17 mark of the opening round.
Before this stunning knockout, Wilder starred in a controversial split decision draw opposite Tyson Fury last December -a titanic clash that put the heavyweight division in the big lights.
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) August 29, 2019
Looking to continue his streak of successful title-defences, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ is planning to meet familiar foes in a pair of rematches for his next fights.
Wilder said in a recent interview with BBC Sport that a rematch with Luiz Ortiz and Fury could be very much on the line.
“Ortiz is definitely happening,” he confirmed (transcript from Sportbible).
“I am looking forward to fighting him.”
“After I knock him out I will go to Fury, knock him out and then we will go for a unification.”
“Once I get rid of Ortiz, I will get rid of Fury too. We will figure it out but Ortiz comes first.”
Though no official announcement has been made yet, the 33-year old American is expected to meet Ortiz this November for a re-run of their March 2018 bout.
Meanwhile, Wilder’s highly-anticipated rematch with Fury is rumoured to go down in early 2020.
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Should Wilder survive both Ortiz and Fury, he plans to unify the heavyweight titles with the newly-crowned unified champion, Andy Ruiz Jr., not with Joshua, as he believes that the Englishman will not win in their December rematch.
“I saw Ruiz punch Joshua in the temple and it knocked his equilibrium out.”
“He could not recover and that meant he got knocked down four times.”
“When you are in a situation where you have not been before, it is like life teaching you a lot of lessons on the job.”
“At that moment on the job for Joshua, he had to learn and could not pull through.”
“But having fallen this time in life, the next time he might pull through because he has experienced it before and he should be able to correct the wrongs.”
“Ruiz in my opinion [will win again].”
“I feel Joshua does not know how he lost, and that means he will not know how to set up a proper training camp — but anything is possible.”
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