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Deontay Wilder weight drop brings WBC bridgerweight title poser

Deontay Wilder is back in training but no longer looks like the heavyweight force that dropped Tyson Fury twice in their trilogy battle.

“The Bronze Bomber” is far from the physique he displayed when weighing in at a career-high 238 pounds.

Deontay Wilder lost weight

Images of Wilder beginning training alongside Badou Jack, Michael Hunter, and meeting Francis Ngannou show the American hovering around the bridgerweight limit or below.

And as World Boxing News previously broke the news, reigning WBC champion Oscar Rivas is willing to give Wilder a shot at the title.

Before Rivas saw his latest fight postponed for logistical reasons, promoter Yvon Michel responded to WBN’s question about a potential title defense against Wilder.

Michel said: “You are absolutely right. Oscar Rivas would never turn down any important challenges after the August 13 Battle of Cali against Lukasz Rozanski!”

Wilder has spoken about campaigning at cruiserweight many times previously. However, he changed his stance once the bridgerweight division got formed.

Cruiserweight or Bridgerweight

In 2018 when on top of the world as WBC king, Wilder said: “What’s up, boxing world. You know I’ve just been sitting in my car thinking.

“I’ve been thinking about moving down to cruiserweight once I unify the heavyweight division. I am taking over that division.

“There’s never been a heavyweight ever go down in weight. I mean, just for the fun of it.

“Just take over the cruiserweight division while maintaining the heavyweight division.”

Deontay Wilder lost weight

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Fast forward to 2020, when the 224-pound eighteenth weight class became a reality, Wilder distanced himself from competing lower than the top division.

“If it’s specifically designed for me and to be the face of it, I decline,” Wilder told Brian Custer on his Last Stand Podcast. “My career is to be a heavyweight.

“That’s what I got in it for, and that’s what I’m going to end with.

“Guys always outweigh me. In my last fight [second with Fury], I was 231. So putting on weight is not a difficult part for me.

“My power makes up for all that. I have too much power for a weight class that low. I should be exempt from that [division].”

Two-weight champion

Why the 36-year-old would rebuff an opportunity to fight for a title when the heavyweight belts are currently tied up seems a mystery, though.

Old rival Tyson Fury is yet to make his mind up when to do with the green and gold strap he took from Wilder. At the same time, Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua collide for the remaining titles on August 20.

Given that his last thirteen bouts have all been championship fights, Wilder should consider any realistic offer from Rivas and his team.

The WBC would have no problem sanctioning Wilder to challenge Rivas. The Alabama Slammer is still ranked number one at heavyweight.

Looking at his shape now, Wilder could bridgerweight in a heartbeat for a two-weight title opportunity.

The views expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.

WBN Editor Phil has over ten years of boxing news experience. Follow WBN on Facebook @officialworldboxingnews and Twitter @worldboxingnews.