DEONTAY WILDER reckons he ends British boxing’s heavyweight dominance by beating Tyson Fury on Saturday and then chinning Oleksandr Usyk.
The 34-year-old Ukraine ace snatched up all of AJ’s three world titles last month and is the red-hot favourite to win the rematch early next year.
Deontay Wilder is confident he will beat Tyson Fury to reclaim his world titleCredit: Reuters
The Bronze Bomber is also eyeing up Anthony Joshua’s conqueror Oleksandr UsykCredit: Reuters
So Wilder wants to end WBC champ Tyson Fury’s career on Saturday and then nail down the sensational southpaw to become the first undisputed heavyweight king since Lennox Lewis.
When asked if Usyk is top of his hitlist, the Bronze Bomber said: “Most definitely. I like what Usyk is saying.
“He predicted that I would knock Fury out, he said he had no doubt that he would knock Joshua out and after that he wanted to get straight to it because he’s older and he means business.
“I feel that he’s an honourable man. I think he will stick to his word.
“A lot of people get the belt and then start acting funny with it but with him, he is a warrior and I’m looking forward to it because the only way I will be able to retire is if I achieve, ‘One champion, one face, one name’.
“This is it. This is to close the book of me and Fury. This is it.”
Despite his ten world title defences over five brilliant years racking up highlight reel KOs, Wilder has never won over the American public.
He said: “This is what the defining moment is all about.
“I know I will get it at the end of my career, or sadly when I die but I will probably be 150 when I die but I want it right now. I don’t want the same old trend.
“There ain’t enough trendsetters, there are too many trend followers. The thing has been that people always appreciate great fighters at the end or when they die and that needs to change.
“In this sport there is no such thing as being cocky or overconfident because it takes a lot to get in that ring.
“So respect those that step their legs over that ropes and they throw these hands.
“You have to respect a man for doing that, for their bad accomplishments and their good accomplishments. Appreciation, all we look for is appreciation.”
Wilder’s utterly terrifying one-punch power means he has almost never been the underdog since turning pro in 2008, just a few months after winning bronze at the Beijing Olympics.
But the beat-down Fury handed him means he is the rank outsider for the T-Mobile Arena showdown and he claims he loves the odds.
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Wilder barked: “I love being the underdog. A lot of fighters love being the underdog because when you’re the underdog you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to prove.
“There is less pressure upon you. I love being in this position. God doesn’t make mistakes, he wants things to happen for a reason.
“The Bible even tells you to lean not to your own understanding. That is what I’ve done. It’s been a great camp and I’m looking forward to October 9.”
Fury arrived holding his WBC heavyweight world title belt he plans to defendCredit: Reuters
The trilogy fight will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday nightCredit: Reuters