Exclusive interview with Deontay Wilder for Counterpunch Boxing

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CP Deontay how are you,hows everything? DW Tonio! everything is good! CP Deontay what motivates you more from the boxing community? The hate or the praise?...
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Deontay how are you,hows everything?

DW
Tonio! everything is good!

CP
Deontay what motivates you more from the boxing community? The hate or the praise?

DW
Both, I benefit from both, whether its praise or someone doubting me. You also need the criticism, it makes you go back to what your doing people that criticize , which most people do,but it doesn't bother me, most of the people don't know boxing or know what they are talking about its also fun to listen what the people have to say in that sense.

CP
Deontay which Heavyweights past and present do you think you are most similar to?

DW
I don't like to compare myself to other fighters. I am the new Deontay Wilder, this is me. No one compares to me and i don't compare to any one else. I don't like when people say I'm the next mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis. I am the type of the guy that wants to be better to be greater.

CP
When did you first notice you had that god given power in your right hand? Street fighting? Amateurs? pros?

DW
My first day actually sparring a pro,i have always been that skinny kid, but power wise I was always similar to the bigger guys. Of course I could handle my self street wise. as far as punching power, I knew I had it when i sparred my first fighter, after a few seconds in the first round I dropped him and he lifted his head up and said to my trainer "keep this kid in the gym hes strong". That really gave me confidence, and power comes from technique and other ways. I get power from speed, the twist I put from my buddy and the natural power. It comes through like a nuclear bomb.

CP
The sport was at it's peak in the 80's, when an American knock out artist took the sport mainstream, we both know who that is. Do you think it will take an emergence of a fighter like that to gain popularity again and do you feel that fighter can be you?

DW
I definitely think it will take some one like that, but you have to remember we live in a different era, different generation now. I definitely think I can take the sport mainstream. I have the charisma i have the excitement, I am doing that now actually. I bring excitement to the division, people want to see knockouts especially in the heavyweight division that's a big reason people hate on me cause I have KO all my opponents. when people come to see heavyweights fight they want to see knock outs, and that's what I'm doing and I am going to continue to the top and unify the division.

CP
How close is the fight to be made with you and Stiverne?

DW
There were rumors that he wanted a voluntary, if that happens he has to pay me step aside money. My honest opinion is that he doesn't want to fight. now that he"s a world champion he wants to ride the publicity, the fame, its the highlight of his life he wants to enjoy and soak every inch every second of it. He knows he has a dangerous opponent coming. Even if I was facing a guy who has 31 KO I would be concerned. He has to defend that's part of being a champ. At one point he said he had a hand injury, but I've seen him train with a medicine ball with hat hand so I don't know. The fight is getting closer and closer, that's why I did that call out video.

CP
What is it about your style that you think is going to give Stiverne the most trouble?

DW
Its definitely going to be my height and my long arms, i am fast on my feet and and fast hands. he never faced a guy with my height and my power. hes never gonna find a sparring partner like me also. my movement , I'm very athletic. he has a jab that he throws up, he docent throw it straight,that upward jab.if you go back and loo at my fight with Kevin Price , he had the same style of the upward jab., and you saw what happened to him. i really cant wait I'm ready.

CP
Deontay when you beat Stiverne who do you prefer next?

DW
after I win the WBC is ordered a mando with the winner of Perez and Jennings. So the winner of that faces me after I beat stiverne. So either I pay them sit aside money or I face them. Same thing, I do want my mando though, I'm not like Stiverne leaving people in the dark. I would come to my mando first. After that I would like to unify the belt with Stiverne. Wladimir already said I'm a dangerous fighter and I'm a risk. After his camp he said I'm the fastest he faced, and he mentioned I'm the future star of the sport not just the division.

CP
Deontay, do you have any prefight superstitions?

DW
no I really don't, I'm not into superstitions. Ive seen a lot of guys with that. I'm just not that type of guy. whether you win or lose is up to. you I know I just believe in god that's it for me. I think people just believe in things that they put in their head.

CP
D, what are your interest outside of the ring? what are your favorite foods? what music do you like?

DW
favorite food is pizza, I like tattoos motorcycles, even thought they are dangerous. I like all types of music, some rap and hip hop, old school funk.activities wise I love shooting guns and being in the water. jet skiing, swimming,tubing. I also really enjoy shooting guns, all types Desert Eagles, AR-15's, I haven't shot all my guns yet,lol,. I usually just take my favorite to the ranges.

CP
Well Deontay its been an absolute pleasure chatting with you and doing this Interview. To take the time and do an interview with a new site, especially a fighter of your \caliber its very appreciated, we wish the best in your future endeavors.

DW
I like giving people a chance or a shot, someone gave me my shot so i like to reciprocate. I like giving people a chance until they give me a reason not to work with them again I hope everything goes well with you and god bless.


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Stiverne hasn't got the most sturdy chin himself, and he's giving away a lot of height and reach to Wilder


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Stiverne isn't a pressure fighter, he leans back against the ropes and tries to counter. If he sits back against DW, he will eat a one-two and it's good night.
 
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Stiverne isn't a pressure fighter, he leans back against the ropes and tries to counter. If he sits back against DW, he will eat a one-two and it's good night.

This, of course.

Stiverne is very talented ans seriously underrated, but unless he can find a way to come forward and pressure Wilder, he has no chance at all.

If he DOES come forward, then he has a very good chance, but I (literally) wouldn't bet on this happening.
 
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Stiverne found a way to stop David Price in the amateurs, and also beat Robert Helenius.

It's not a big problem for him to counter guys who are longer and who have a longer reach than him, it just isn't.
 
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It's not like David Price is untouchable is it? He has been stopped twice by Tony Thompson. You've just listed two guys not in Wilders league
 
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It's not like David Price is untouchable is it? He has been stopped twice by Tony Thompson. You've just listed two guys not in Wilders league
Not in Deontay Wilders league? Based on what? :lol:

You do know that Deontay has been sparked out with headgear on, by cruiserweights?
Once Stiverne taps that chin, its all she wrote, trust me.
 
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People used to rave about Larry Holmes chicken legs back in the good ol' days.

But he's got some tree trunks for legs in comparison to Deontay Wilder whose legs literally have the circumference of an adolescent, testosterone deficient dweebs wrists.

His body structure isn't built to take a punch, he will fall over once his fine wine is touched.
 

Squire

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Wilder-Stiverne would be fantastic. The one benefit to having ABC titles is those guys probably wouldn't fight each other if there wasn't a meaningless belt on the line, they'd just wait for a Klitschko shot
 

tommygun711

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It's not like David Price is untouchable is it? He has been stopped twice by Tony Thompson. You've just listed two guys not in Wilders league
lol. This Stiverne fight will prove if Wilder is better than Price or not. Price was destroying people the same way Wilder was, until he stepped up and fought Thompson. It wouldn't be inconceivable for Thompson to stop Wilder. just saying.
 

Bajingo

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I like Wilder seems like a cool guy. It would be good for boxing especially in the US if he won a title and kept hold of it for a while.

He hasn't shown me enough to convince me he can beat Stiverne yet. Maybe he has a few extra gears we haven't seen yet but his chin is questionable and Stiverne may also be the better boxer. If raw power can't get it done Wilder needs to prove he has other attributes.
 

KING

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It's not like David Price is untouchable is it? He has been stopped twice by Tony Thompson. You've just listed two guys not in Wilders league
Helenius would shatter Wilder's chin in to millions of pieces, just like Stiverne is going to.
 
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Helenius would shatter Wilder's chin in to millions of pieces, just like Stiverne is going to.

This is a bit extreme, what has Helenius done to show that he'd smash Wilder? I'd pick Deontay over both guys, I like Stiverne by the way, but I just think as a counter puncher he's going to struggle with the reach, intensity and power that Wilder has.

I think people are harsh on Wilder on here, but the fun thing about boxing is we're going to find out soon just how good he is
 
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Stiverne found a way to stop David Price in the amateurs, and also beat Robert Helenius.

It's not a big problem for him to counter guys who are longer and who have a longer reach than him, it just isn't.

Good point.

However, both Helenius and Price throw their bombs the same way, which is VERY different from Wilder: They both like to move in close, despite their height, and throw from close or mid-range. Wilder, on the other hand, REALLY knows how to fight "tall." He typically comes forward with a "gazelle step," then throw the right. He also then gets the hell outta' Dodge really fast, unless he's throwing a followup left. This is why he's very hard to counter, and why the Price & Helenius examples don't much apply.

This is also why it's not so important that Wilder leaves his chin slightly exposed. Ali did the same thing, and he was also very hard to hit. That type of movement lets you get away with keeping your eyes more focused on the prize. It's sort of like how Golovkin will stay in the pocket and partially slip punches.

And people REALLY need to stop saying Wilder's chin is in question. He's been down less than Ali was at this point in his career. Does it really have to be said, over and over, that his stumbles against Nichols, Firtha, etc (including that one clip of him in the Ams) were due to his balance problem when moving backwards avoiding punches, NOT due to being hit?
Are people really this stupid, or does Wilder-hate just turn their brains to DKSAB jelly?

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Wilder has one big weakness: He can't move backwards under pressure. Nobody would try to deny this. I'm DYING to see him fight a powerful pressure fighter with a solid chin and defense. Someone who can come forward and smother Wilder.
- But Stiverne 'aint it, unless he can learn a completely new style by November.
 
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