Prominent heavyweight Deontay Wilder is plotting a massive 2014 as the American edges ever closer to a world title shot. Wilder has built a standout CV, solely consisting of knockout wins and aims to extend the run to 30 on Saturday night against Nicolai Firtha in Atlantic City.
At 28, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ is at the perfect age for a title challenge having steadily built his record on journeymen. Wilder has stepped up the calibre of his opponents gradually with bigger names in the ilk of Audley Harrison and former world champion Siarhei Liakhovich dispatched in the past few months.
The credentials of Wilder’s latest tests has seemingly meant nothing to the Tuscaloosa puncher, who took out both in just one round, with none of the 29 victims on his record managing to make it past the fourth stanza.
Wilder is back in the USA preparing for his next outing with Firtha after spending time with ex-WBA king David Haye for some competitive sparring in the run-up to the Briton’s now-rescheduled clash with Tyson Fury.
Rumours had been circulating for some time about a possible match-up with Fury next year, although Wilder can only see a Haye coming out on top when the two eventually meet in February, meaning a more likely foe would be the ‘Hayemaker’ himself.
“Me and David always work good and work hard and there is no let up,” Wilder told World Boxing News.
“We want the sparring to be tougher than the fight and David knows I go all out and that’s why he wants me. If my schedule works out as far as my fights and I can be there, he knows I’m there for him.
“He also knows that I’ll fight anybody. I fought Audley and he is like a big brother to me. I want a title fight soon and it doesn’t matter who that is against.
“If David does in the Fury fight like he does when we work he’ll win and who knows? As I said before I’ll fight anybody. This year will end good for me and 2014 will be even bigger!”
Deontay Wilder v Nicolai Firtha forms part of the Bernard Hopkins v Karo Murat IBF light-heavyweight title bout on Showtime. To view the fight in the UK you can join BoxNation for just £10 a month by clicking any BoxNation link or banner on the WBN website.
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