Formidable heavyweight force Deontay Wilder is in no danger of being overlooked in favour of Wladimir Klitschko for his WBC mandatory title shot, says trainer and manager Jay Deas.
Wilder, who has an amazing 31-0 record with 31 stoppages inside four rounds, has been stipulated as the first in line to challenge new champion Bermane Stiverne following the Haitian’s victory over Chris Arreola.
Deas watched on as Stiverne stopped Arreola in six rounds on the night, but says the mental and physical shape Arreola was in made an impact on his ring abilities. The coach took nothing away from Stiverne though, whom he is looking forward to going up against once Wilder gets the call from the WBC.
“I thought Stiverne looked good,” Deas told World Boxing News.
“To be inactive as he was, he was still sharp, accurate and composed.
“Stiverne was focused and came out on top of a determined Arreola. Maybe if Arreola hadn’t talked bad about Alabama, which is where Deontay lives and trains, it would have worked out different.
“Maybe if he had trained in Alabama, rather than bashing it in the build-up, he might have won. In fact, I invite Chris to come train here and eat some southern soul food. He will see his stamina, strength, agility and determination all increase. I hope he takes me up on this offer,” he joked.
On the subject of the WBC, whose President Mauricio Sulaiman spoke out this week naming Wilder as the pretender to the crown, Deas is confident that any talk of Klitschko jumping the queue is unfounded.
“Deontay is the mandatory and expect to hear news soon of when we will be expected to meet Stiverne. I don’t see Stiverne trying to go around us.
“When Wladimir’s brother vacated his title there were rules in place to crown a new champion.
“These rules are there for a reason and we expect them to be followed and Deontay will fight Stiverne for the WBC heavyweight title next,” added Deas.
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