Wilder: I said I’d be an active champ, so once I whoop Povetkin I’ll defend two months after that!
WBC heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder says he’s living up to his end of the bargain after making two successful defences of the belt since dethroning Bermane Stiverne back in January.
Wilder, 30, has averaged almost five bouts per year since turning professional in 2008 and had promised to put his WBC title up regularly upon completing his lifelong dream at the beginning of the year.
True to his word, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ stopped Eric Molina and Johann Duhaupas in June and September respectively this year and is already lining up another contest for January 16 to mark his one-year anniversary as champion.
“I gave my oath to the people that once I become a champion I would be an active champion and I want to fight two or three months at a time, like back in the day how it used to be. I’m not afraid to put my title up against no-one, you know,” Wilder told World Boxing News in an exclusive interview.
“That’s just my thing and I love the sport of boxing. I love my job every time, not matter if it was a tough fight or an easy fight. I like to fight against opponents that want the opportunity. That’s the guys I want to fight. Those guys who really want that opportunity and really want to be champion.
“It’s like with me, once I got the belt my life changed, and they are the type of guys who will be getting the opportunity, so I’m looking forward to putting it up again.”
Mandatory Alexander Povetkin sealed his place opposite Wilder by halting Mariusz Wach in the final round in Russia on Wednesday and will be the next stipulated challenger in line to face the American once his next bout is complete.
Since making the transition from undefeated contender to fully fledged ruler, Wilder says he feels an extended sense of security within himself and is sure the talented Povetkin will go the same way as his other 35 opponents have gone previously.
“Once I whoop Alexander Povetkin’s ass I’m looking forward to putting my title up again two months after that,” said Wilder.
“I had confidence when I was a challenger, but now I’m a champion and I’ve been defending my title, doing it in great fashion and showing the world what I’m capable of doing, I feel even more confident in myself.
“It’s a great feeling being the champion and aim to continue to be as active as a can be,” he added.