EXCLUSIVE: Jay Deas discusses Deontay Wilder vs Nicola Firtha

Deontay Wilder will look to continue his path of destruction in the heavyweight division against former NABA USA champion Nicolai Firtha on October 26.

The 27 year-old from Tuscaloosa holds a perfect 29-0 record with all coming via stoppage. Wilder has fought less than three minutes since January after the ‘Bronze Bomber’ demolished Audley Harrison and Siarhei Liakhovich both in impressive fashion.

Manager and trainer Jay Deas clarified the news to WBN this week. Deas believes veteran Firtha, 34, is the right opponent at the right time for his charge.

“The fight with Firtha has just been confirmed. It’s short notice and we travel in three weeks, but we are excited to do it and it is a good developmental fight for Deontay,” Deas told World Boxing News as talk of a world title challenge gets louder by the month for Wilder.

Firtha fought Tyson Fury in Belfast two years ago, succumbing to the highly-ranked contender in five rounds. Prior to that, Firtha lost out on points to Johnathan Banks.

He scored a most recent victory over journeyman Robert Hawkins. Firtha is not excepted to be any sort of challenge for Wilder.


Top of the bill next month alongside Deontay Wilder vs Nicola Firtha at the Boardwalk Hall is a boxing legend in the evergreen Bernard Hopkins.

The American makes the first defense of his newly acquired IBF light-heavyweight belt against mandatory Karo Murat.

Hopkins is a living legend and continually making history each fight.

American puncher Peter Quillin also puts his WBO middleweight title on the line against the always-game Gabriel Rosado on the night.

More bouts will be rubberstamped in the near future following the recent addition of 168lb prospect Dominic Wade.

Phil Jay is Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay