Deontay Wilder explains why he’s facing Bermane Stiverne again
Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder met with the media at Barclays Center to discuss his frustrations ahead of fight Bermane Stiverne.
Wilder will defend his WBC belt on Nov. 4 against mandatory challenger Stiverne live on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center in a Premier Boxing Champions event after a scheduled encounter with Luis Ortiz fell apart.
Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance with both the WBC and WBC, leaving Wilder in the lurch for the fourth time in recent years.
Below is what Wilder day to say on his future on the back of some criticism for not securing a unification with Anthony Joshua or fighting Dillian Whyte.
“What other heavyweight is doing what I do? What other heavyweight has power like me? I don’t have to put you out in punches in bunches. I don’t have to do that. One punch. Goodnight,” said Wilder.
“I’m happy that I’ve had time to calm down and think about things. I’m happy that I’m fighting Stiverne because he’s my mandatory. I can finally get him out the way so I’ll be a free man.
“This is the story of my life. Every situation that I’m put in, I try to be optimistic about. It’s easy to appreciate the good. But when the bad comes, some people don’t know how to manage that.
“I’m the most frustrated guy around. I don’t understand. The best are supposed to fight the best, right? I’ve always done that. I called (Wladimir) Klitschko out years ago.
“People make so many excuses for my career. The one who is actually trying to make a legacy out of their career, he’s the only one that’s not complaining.
“The people who don’t have to get in the ring and endure this suffering are the ones that complain,” he added.