WBC heavyweight ruler Deontay Wilder is aiming to sit alongside Floyd Mayweather on 50-0 in the future after revealing his long-term plan for the division.
The 32 year-old is currently on 39-0 with 38 KO’s ahead of his March 3 defense against Luis Ortiz, having stopped every fighter ever faced within the distance.
Wilder had amazingly hit 32-0 without going past four rounds earlier in his career, but did face some scrutiny for the level of opposition until battling Bermane Stiverne for the first time in 2015.
The Haitian subsequently went the distance with Wilder before being spectacularly taken out in just one round last November in a New York return encounter.
As he plots securing a 40th win next month, Wilder has targetted the winner of Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker at some point this year before embarking on a run to immortality alongside Mayweather.
“Once I unify all the titles then line up the mandatories, I’ll easily get to 50-0,” Wilder said confidently. “I’m not a 12-round fighter, and I don’t get overtime. I’m a knockout artist. So that being said, I don’t take much damage, but I give all the damage.
“I put people in the hospitals. I put people in stretchers. When you fight me your head is not the same when you leave. When you fight me you’re really signing a death warrant.
“This is one of the biggest fights of my career (against Ortiz) and I’m up for the challenge. I’m going to pass with flying colors,” he added.
Joshua v Parker sees the other four versions of the top division crown at stake and means only one victory stands in the way of a champion fully unifying at heavyweight for the first time ever.
Nobody has ever held all five recognised belts at one time, the closest being the four held by Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko respectively. Evander Holyfield only held three at one time, whilst the same could be said of Mike Tyson and obviously the man who dethroned ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ to shock the world – James Buster Douglas.
Klitschko was never able to fully unify as his brother Vitali held the WBC strap for many years during his reign, whilst Tyson Fury held his quartet for a matter of days before being stripped by the IBF.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay