The questions came only a few minutes after WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder made Frenchman Johann Duhaupas his 34th knockout victim while making his second successful title defense this weekend.
What’s next for the “Bronze Bomber” and when does he plan to return to the ring?
Wilder told Today’s Knockout after the fight:
“I really am looking forward to fighting my first mandatory, whoever that guy may be. Whether it’s Povetkin or whether it’s anybody else. We’ll see, [Povetkin’s] got a fight you know hopefully he wins. Everybody want to see that fight so I definitely want to be a fan pleaser, as well, so if that fight comes about I am ready for that anytime. I’m always in shape, I stay in shape for any guy. It is going to be hard for anybody to come and take this belt from me that’s for sure.'”
Whether you’re part of the “Bomb Squad” or not one thing is for certain: Wilder is not ducking anybody. The champion and his team, led by his co-manager/trainer Jay Deas, are going to stick to their game plan of taking this one fight at a time.
Also part of that game plan is staying active. Unheard of for many of boxing’s champions today, Wilder stepped into the ring three times in 2015. Unheard of or not, Wilder doesn’t plan on changing his ways now.
“For me it’s a big deal because throughout my whole career I have always been active and as a champion, why slow down now? I’m still young. I’m still learning on the way the people are still [looking] for the champion to fight,” Wilder said.
“It’s all about those that really want this opportunity. I like fighting guys that really want this opportunity because the ones that really want the opportunity are the most dangerous guys because they have nothing to lose.”