American heavyweight Deontay Wilder is in line for a WBC heavyweight title shot after knocking out compatriot Malik Scott in just over 90 seconds in Puerto Rico on Saturday night.
The 28 year-old ‘Bronze Bomber’ made it 31 knockout inside four rounds for his 31 bouts with a two-punch victory that confirms Wilder as the mandatory challenger to the winner of Bermane Stiverne v Chris Arreola.
Stiverne v Arreola for the vacant green belt is set to take place in Mexico this summer, with Wilder possibly taking a warm-up fight before he attempts to win his first world title later in the year.
After the fight, Wilder spoke with Grayabout his performance. “I’ve got power. I’ve got natural power. This is something that you can’t buy. This is something that you can’t enhance and put in your body. This is all natural pure Alabama power. The left hand was right to the temple, to the head, and that is a soft spot. My power is crazy. I go through the gloves. Even though he had his gloves, there is nothing stopping that. Even though it went through his glove it still hurts.”
When asked if he is ready to take a step up and fight for a heavyweight title despite having not faced the top fighters in the division, Wilder responded, “All the testing is done in the gym. I bust my butt off in the gym to come here and perform for all the people and I make it look easy. I don’t care if I don’t go past four rounds or solve all the questions that people have about me. I have one mission and it is to unify all the heavyweight belts.”
After the fight Scott, upset by his performance, said, “I got caught. I don’t really remember what happened because I never saw the shot coming. I know he caught me with the left hook. I am so disappointed. I trained really hard. It is just awful.
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