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Deontay Wilder Says 'Risk' of Stay Busy Fight is Worth It

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.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BostonGuy on 08-08-2014

I like Jay Gavern, he's a tough journeyman and a showman, as he's been known to clown around during fights. He recently fought Oleg Maskaev and was one or two punches away from scoring the KO. Against Wilder, I don't…

Comment by joe strong on 08-08-2014

gavern is a decent journeymen but he is getting long in the tooth & doubt he will last long. Jason isn't always it the gym anymore...

Comment by {Darko} on 08-08-2014

wilder turned down darnell wilson because he was too dangerous and didn't want to end up like david rodriguez losing the pretty 0 on his record.

Comment by Fetta on 08-08-2014

Sure why not. Hes not headlining and he is a KO artist.

Comment by Elroy1 on 08-08-2014

[QUOTE=bigjavi973;14833389]Herrera was supposed to be a stay busy fight for danny garcia.... if you think stiverne is good cuz he beat crapeola, then think again. Stiverne does not move his head at all. areola was tagging him the entire fight.…

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