Manager Deas praises Wilder activity ahead of return, realistic on facing top names
Jay Deas has informed WBN that he is still seeking an opponent for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s second defense of the green belt set to go ahead on September 26.
Wilder, from Tuscaloosa, recently halted Eric Molina in his homecoming Alabama bout and trainer/manager Deas says ‘The Bronze Bomber’ will be heading back to the bright lights of boxing in a bid to extend his standout 34-0 record.
“September 26th is a strong possibility for Deontay’s next fight and we believe Las Vegas or New York to be the probable venue, Deas exclusively told World Boxing News.
“NBC are showing strong interest in televising the fight primetime, but nothing is confirmed as of yet.”
As 29 year-old Wilder’s team are working hard behind the scenes to nail down his next opponent, Deas says the undefeated world title holder is already putting in hours at the gym in a bid to be ready for whoever steps up to the plate in the fall.
“Deontay is training as he always does because the world begged for an active heavyweight champ and that’s just what he is,” said Deas.
“Less than five months after winning the title in a tough 12 round battle with Bermane Stiverne, and breaking his hand no less, Deontay was back in the ring versus Eric Molina in the first ever world title fight in Alabama history.
“Now only a little more than three months later we’re set to go again. This is the way it should be.”
On potential foes for the impeding bout, Deas added: “Deontay wants the biggest fights but understands there are financial negotiations, venues, TV rights, schedules, mandatories and the like to consider.
“The only thing is he’s not willing to wait a year or two until these deals are done. He plans to fight as often as possible defending his title while we work simultaneously behind the scenes.
“As for an opponent on September 26 I’m not sure. We hope to have things worked out with someone soon,” Deas stated.
Former world title holder Chris Arreola has been mentioned as a candidate to meet Wilder next, although ‘The Nightmare’ has business to attend to this weekend against Fred Kassi in a ten-rounder at the Don Haskins Center in Texas.
A win may well rubberstamp Arreola as the next contender in line, although the likes of Lucas Browne, Vyacheslav Glazkov and Shannon Briggs are all thought to have outside chances of being confirmed for Wilder in the near future.