Undefeated heavyweight force Deontay Wilder has given his first response since British boxing mogul Frank Warren threatened him with legal action for what the promoter called ‘derogatory comments’ made by the American recently.
The 27 year-old, who has stopped all 28 of his opponents within four rounds, recently battered Audley Harrison in just 70 seconds in Sheffield and was poised for a swift return to the UK after negotiations began with Warren over a summer fight with former world title challenger Dereck Chisora.
Due to legal proceedings against Wilder, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ was unable to commit to the fight, leading to some unsavoury dialogue between the two camps – which the Tuscaloosa fighter believes can be ironed out in the futurel.
“I love the Chisora fight and it’s a great fight for both of us,” Wilder told World Boxing News.
“I also love England. The people really get into their boxing and I have a lot of fans there, but this is boxing and we talk and say things in the heat of the moment. That’s just how it is. I still want the Chisora fight when we can do it and Frank needs to stop crying. I don’t get upset when people talk about me or say things, its all just part of boxing.”
Wilder has now been handed a possible date for his 29th professional contest as he frustratingly treads water until his outside of the ring issue is cleared up.
“Hopefully I will fight here in the States on July 13th in New York,” confirmed Wilder. “I don’t know who I’ll fight just yet, but my manager Jay Deas has approved all the names they’ve given us so we’ll see.”
Meanwhile, Chisora has already been turned down by two of the three alternatives for his July return as Fres Oquendo and Tyson Fury gave conflicting reasons for not taking up the offer. Veteran American Oquendo is tied up with a fight on June 8, whilst Fury, 24, has flatly refused to fight ‘Del Boy’ again after defeating him on points in 2011.
The last remaining on the list was Manuel Charr, although whether he would be allowed to take the fight after committing to facing the currently injured David Haye later this year is another story.