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Heavyweight knockout artist Deontay Wilder is unimpressed with the recent victories by English counterparts Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, and says he’s “1000 percent ready” for his WBC title-elimination bout against Malik Scott on March 15.
A win over Scott (36-1-1, 13 knockouts) in their Showtime-televised bout would make Wilder (30-0, 30 KOs) the No. 1 contender to face the winner of the Bermane Stiverne-Chris Arreola rematch, which is planned for April and is for the title vacated by Vitali Klitschko.
“If the fight was tomorrow, I would one thousand percent be ready. Training is going good and we’ve gotten our first set of sparring partners in, so that’s going great. I’m just ready,” said Wilder, a 28-year-old Olympic bronze medalist in the 2008 games.
“I’m ready to show the world that the Bronze Bomber is here, and that he’s ready to be a world champion. I’m not looking past Malik, but I’m definitely looking through him, because I want this. I want this so badly. This has been something that I’ve wanted and it didn’t look like it was going to happen because of some hold-ups, but now that it is, I’m ready.”
Wilder prides himself on being a well-conditioned heavyweight and said that was an aspect that was lacking in the Feb. 15 performances of both Fury and Chisora.
Wilder believes that Chisora labored and looked one-dimensional during his unanimous decision over Kevin Johnson.
“Chisora is just a one-trick pony. He’s got that one trick in his bag, and that’s just to pressure and to come with that overhand right. Chisora’s strategy is to wear guys down, and that’s the problem with the heavyweight division right now is that a lot of these guys just do not come to the fight in shape,” said Wilder.
“These guys are out of shape. I mean, Kevin Johnson? He’s a joke. He’s a joke to be an American. I predicted that he would get tired, and that once he got tired that he was going to lay on the ropes, and that’s all he did. I knew that Kevin Johnson would just get in there and that he was not going to fight. So he’s just a steppingstone to anybody.”
Wilder felt similarly about the 6-foot-9 Fury, who scored four knockdowns on the way to a fourth-round stoppage of Joey Abell.
“To be honest, I fell asleep. I was dozing off, especially during the Tyson fight. He’s got to be ashamed of himself to come in at such a weight like that [274 pounds], disrespecting the sport, man. Coming in such bad shape like that,” said Wilder.
“If Abell could take a punch, as much as he gives out a punch, he would have won that fight. Tyson Fury was so easy to be hit, and if Abel was a more skilled and more powerful puncher, he would gotten Tyson out of there.”
Meanwhile, Wilder or Scott will be next in line to challenge either Stiverne or Arreola, whose bout has not yet been scheduled.
Wilder-Scott will happen at the historic Colisio Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, as part of a Showtime card headlined by RING 140-pound champion Danny Garcia’s title defense against Mauricio Herrera.
In his last fight in October, Wilder dropped Nicolai Firtha three times on the way to a fourth-round stoppage that represented his fourth triumph of 2013.
The win over Firtha followed a second-round knockout of Matthew Greer in January and back-to-back first-round KOs of ex-beltholder Sergei Liakhovich in August and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison in April.
“Training is going great. I feel as strong as an ox, man. I haven’t had any days off at the gym, man, so, you know it’s no surprise that I’m feeling this way,” said the 6-foot-7 Wilder.
“I’ve been ready. I’ve been ready for quite a while, so once this deal was made, all we needed to do was increase the tempo on the training, on the strength training and everything. I’m just ready to put on a show.”
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