Deontay Wilder has been in confident mood this week as the Tuscaloosa puncher gears up to challenge for his first world title against reigning WBC champion Bermane Stiverne.
Wilder, 29, faces Canadian-Haitian Stiverne at the world famous MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and is planning a beat-down as ‘The Bronze Bomber’ nears his defining night if he can overthrow the 36 year-old.
“You are all in for a treat. I’ve never been so ready to whoop a man. There’s been a lot of talk, a lot of stuff on social media. But through all that, it’s been real. I don’t play games. It doesn’t get any realer than this. We risk our lives every time in that ring,” said Wilder.
“If you only knew the whooping I’m going to put on this boy, you all want the first American champ, but this is for me. I am not scared to walk with my head held high because I am ready for any test.
“This is the number one spot to have boxing and I’ve just been waiting for this for so long. The training, the heartache, the pain and the suffering has been a long journey.
“When I do the unexpected, I don’t want you all to degrade this man, Stiverne. I don’t want anyone to make excuses for my victory. Stick by your word. Let this be a test for me and watch me pass my test. I guarantee I will do it.
“I know everyone has been speaking for you, Bermane, but they can’t fight for you. They can only make it worse for you. They have made it worse for you. You don’t understand what type of man you’re about to get in the ring with.
“You’ve only been champion for a short period of time but you walk around like it’s been a long time. You’re only a tourist to that belt.”
Plenty of needle has accompanied the build-up to Saturday’s clash which takes place fittingly on former champ Muhammad Ali’s 73rd birthday as Stiverne and Wilder fight over the only title not currently owned by unified title holder Wladimir Klitschko.