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 Last update:  8/13/2014       Read more by Edward Chaykovsky         
   
Deontay Wilder: My Management Was Against This Fight
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By Edward Chaykovsky

According to heavyweight banger Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31KOs), he had resistance when he requested a stay busy fight on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Wilder will take on journeyman Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11KOs).

Wilder's management would have preferred he sit out, because the undefeated puncher is the mandatory challenger to WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne, and their title fight is being discussed for a date in November or December.

"My management didn't want me to take this fight, I was the one who wanted to take it. This fight is giving me the opportunity to fight for a world title for my next fight. I know that I must stay active and I know that my opponent is a tough guy who will come and try to win. You can't go off of his record, you just never know how he will come out on this night. I don't want him to feel comfortable. I want to get in and get out," Wilder said.

Because of the danger involved with facing Gavern - like breaking a hand or suffering a cut or even an upset loss, Wilder is taking the fight very, very seriously.

"In facing my opponent, all I would like to say is that we are in the heavyweight division so one punch could end the fight. I am not looking past him, I am only looking through him. My prize is to fight for the world title and in order to be able to do that I must get through my opponent on Saturday," Wilder said.

"I know that I have a big bull's eye on my back and that if I beat my opponent then I will be in the running for the world title come November."

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comment by LarryXXX, on 08-14-2014
lol.........

comment by jas, on 08-14-2014
[QUOTE=LacedUp]I actually kind of like Wilder. He's a good guy. And he knocks people OUT. Want to see him vs Klitschko, so I'll root for him from now on.[/QUOTE] wlad would knock him out, you and me both know that mate

comment by Light_Speed, on 08-14-2014
[QUOTE=bojangles1987]What's there to defend, though? Wilder's typically an active fighter, and he's staying active ahead of a title shot. It's not like he's fighting a step down from what we're used to. No need to say anything.[/QUOTE] He's a talker so he has to say something but he can't talk **...

comment by theface07, on 08-14-2014
There's no harm in taking a warm-up fight in preparation for a title fight but I agree with the bulk of the masses that fighting low quality opponents time and time again won't prepare Wilder for the possibly upset when he gets in the ring with Stiverne. All those KOs will be quickly deemed meani...

comment by bojangles1987, on 08-14-2014
[QUOTE=Light_Speed]Translation = I'm fighting a low level handpicked opponent and everyone knows it so I have to try to defend this fight somehow.[/QUOTE] What's there to defend, though? Wilder's typically an active fighter, and he's staying active ahead of a title shot. It's not like he's fig...

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