Deontay Wilder’s rapid rise through the heavyweight boxing ranks over the last couple of years has been something to marvel at. After capturing the WBC heavyweight championship of the world around his waist in January, Wilder indirectly thrusted the man who’s been with him in the boxing gym since day one into the spotlight with him as well.
“People can look at it as a jackpot, but what they [have] to understand is it’s a 20-year jackpot for me; 20 years to become and overnight success, as they say,” Wilder’s co-manager Jay Deas said. “We work day in and day out. I’ve been with Deontay since his first day in the gym in 2005. We had a plan, we stuck to the plan and the plan proved to be the right plan.”
Over the last decade, Wilder and Deas have teamed up to bring a bronze medal and a piece of heavyweight championship of the world back to America, along with increasing their profiles on the national boxing scene.
Even with their success, both trainer and fighter are still focused on sticking to their game plan which they hope will eventually lead them to a showdown with longtime recognized heavyweight lineal champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko to unify all four of the heavyweight championship belts.
Deas told Today’s Knockout some details into what the game plan is all about:
“There’s two hats that I wear: one is the trainer hat and one is the co-manager hat. The trainer hat will tell you there is nothing other than Duhaupas. Without Duhaupas, there is no Povetkin, there is no Klitschko, there is no Fury there is nothing period cause another man will be champion. That’s what the trainer in me is only focused on Duhaupas. There’s a manger side of me that can tell you that obviously we want the biggest fights possible, that we are gunning for the biggest opportunities out there and we will go anywhere to make it happen.”
First things first, Wilder will have to take care of business tonight against Duhaupas in front of his hometown fans on national TV.
If he looks like the Wilder that has been knocking out opponents reminiscent of Mike Tyson in his prime, there will be a lot of casual fans clamoring to see him again and anticipating his next move. Whatever that move is, we know for certain it will be made in anticipation of helping Wilder become next undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.