WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is not messing about in his bid to send a message to Anthony Joshua this weekend.
Speaking in an interview with Jenna J of On The Ropes Boxing Radio, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ made a shocking prediction for his return against Bermane Stiverne on Saturday night.
Stiverne is the only fighter to go the distance with Wilder in 38 contests and the American is intent on fully making sure this doesn’t happen again.
Asked whether it will rankle him not to knock Stiverne out this time, Wilder amazingly told J: “It won’t be a disappointment for me, whether I knock him out or whether I beat him to death.
“I said I beat him to an inch of his life last time, this time it may be to the death. Whether I beat him or beat him to death, it’s all a win in my situation. I want to unify the division, I want to see who is the best. I want the ones who feel that they’re the best to come and prove me wrong.”
On how good he is now compared to the first time they met in 2015, Wilder added: “I’ve improved a lot, there are a lot of things I have improved on. I’m so smart in the ring, that’s what people don’t understand.
“People get brainwashed with the things I do in the ring and how I have fun and the kinds of things I’m able to get away with in the ring.
“Those things have covered up what I really can do because I’m the type of person that if it’s not broken, why fix it?
“If a guy cannot exploit my weaknesses and he can’t figure me out, then why change up things?
“My father always told me to keep people off balance about me, and I do that not only in the business environment but on a personal level as well.
“I don’t let people know everything about me, you don’t need to know everything about me.
“You need to know the things that I allow you to know and you go from there. In the ring I’m very smart, my IQ and my intelligence in the ring is very smart and people don’t understand it.
“That’s why I will never be beaten, no one will ever beat me, I promise you that,” he said.