Wilder: I’ll take Klitschko’s belts in 2016
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will be pushing hard for a massive unification opposite four-belt holding Wladimir Klitschko once the pair have put their respective mandatory challengers behind them.
Klitschko, 39, faces Tyson Fury on November 28 in Dusseldorf, Germany in his WBA/WBO stipulated bout whilst Wilder has to face the Alexander Povetkin should the Russian successfully navigate Mariusz Wach on November 4 in Moscow.
Wilder recently halted Johann Duhaupas in Alabama to keep a firm grip on his world title and hopes to one day be in a position to face the formidable Ukrainian – who has been at the pinnacle of the sport for more than a decade.
“Hopefully, Klitschko and I can fight sometime in the next year. We’ve got to get these mandatories out of the way first, so people have to stay patient. The key is to stay patient. This is a process and a business,” said Wilder.
“That fight will surely come around as long as I keep winning, which I will, and as long as he keeps winning. That fight should come around real soon and we’ll have an undisputed world heavyweight champion, which will be me.”
‘The Bronze Bomber’ has had a question mark surrounding his chin after shipping a few punches to relatively tame opposition in his first two defences of the green belt, although Wilder is sure he could cope with Klitschko’s well-known power punches.
“Klitschko and I have sparred before. I’m the younger guy and the more time that goes by, that’s an advantage for me,” he stated. “Each and every fight, I prove a little bit more about what people don’t know about me.
“Of course I can take a punch, I can punch and I can fight on the inside too. A lot of people don’t know that. I displayed a lot (against Duhaupas) and I’d like to thank my opponent for giving me the opportunity to show that. Without his toughness and ability to keep coming, I wouldn’t have been able to display what I had.”