By Edward Chaykovsky
Heavyweight destroyer Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31KOs) says the risk of taking a stay busy fight is well worth the risk. Wilder will return on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
He is the mandatory challenger to WBC champion Bermane Stiverne. An injury to Stiverne has pushed back their matchup until the end of the year. Because he's had only five rounds of activity in the last twelve months, Wilder demanded more ring time while waiting for the Stiverne fight to get finalized.
Wilder knows that anything can happen in the ring, including a tuneup - like a broken hand or a cut from a clash of heads or even an upset defeat.
“I wanted to take the risk, I feel like it was good to stay active,” said Wilder to the Tuscaloosa News. “We don't take any fighter for granted. No matter what their record is or their capability, when we're in the ring we take them as if they are the champions. Same with this fight, we're taking it very seriously. Even though it's not the title fight, we're fighting it as if he is the champion."
“There have been several times in boxing history that guys overlooked their fighter or felt like his ability wasn't up to par and took them lightly and they end up on the short end of the stick. That would be the biggest embarrassment for me. I would probably be the most talked about heavyweight fighter on a negative end of being a guy that had an opportunity for a title and lost it due to overlooking an opponent.”