World heavyweight title challenger Deontay Wilder is set to bring much-needed excitement to the top division once he rips the WBC title belt from current champion Bermane Stiverne this weekend.
That is the view of the big punching 29 year-old’s trusted manager and trainer Jay Deas, who has been speaking to WBN ahead of his fighters massive clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.
Deas says Wilder has been on point for the duration of his training schedule for what could turn out to be a defining night for the Tuscaloosa KO specialist. Wilder has racked up an amazing 32 victories since turning pro without anyone being able to take him past the four-round mark and has fans on the edge of their seat whenever he laces on the gloves.
“Deontay has looked great in camp. It’s been a long camp, but very productive. He’s in great shape, he’s healthy and ready to go,” Deas exclusively told World Boxing News.
“In this fight, the jab is always key for Deontay. He has a better jab than people realize and he is a young guy not even entering his prime yet. Deontay is still a couple of years away from his prime, but it’s exciting how good he can be.”
Even before the fight was signed there was bad blood between Stiverne and Wilder which threatened to boil over at times once pens had been put to paper. Deas sees his charge ending the Stiverne argument once and for all when the pair finally trade blows, but wouldn’t go as far as predicting a 33rd straight career knockout for Wilder on Showtime.
“It’s very personal for Deontay as Stiverne has what he wants,” he said. “Deontay has had to carry the promotion because Stiverne won’t and he plans to make him pay for that in the ring.
“A win would mean everything for boxing, Alabama, Deontay, me, America, the heavyweight division and all. It will be a much more exciting division with Deontay on top. We’re after the win and how it happens is irrelevant.”
Wilder is being widely tipped to overthrow Stiverne in the Haitian-Canadian’s very first defense of the title he won when defeating Chris Arreola and then head into the most eagerly-anticipated heavyweight encounter in some years against Wladimir Klitschko.
“Deontay has always wanted to face the best and that won’t change. First up is Stiverne and after the fight I can answer all questions relative to the future,” Deas stated on the subject.
The WBC have assured Klitschko that he will be in line for a future shot at whoever holds the green belt on Sunday morning, although the Ukrainian may be forced to wait until at least the end of 2015 for the chance to bring his older brother Vitali’s former title back into the family.