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Deontay Wilder Explains Why Molina Was Selected

By Edward Chaykovsky

Unbeaten heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder is confident ahead of his first defense with Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina on Saturday, June 13, at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The fight will be televised by Showtime.

Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) captured the world title in January with a twelve round unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne. He says Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) was the first person to step up and accept the fight under the right terms.

Some people were not pleased with Wilder's selection of Molina, but he says the other candidates, which he did not disclose, priced themselves out from the match. 

“We have a lot of other opponents, but Molina was the one to understand the opportunity that lies at hand. Some people can price themselves out and some teams make it so difficult that the fight won’t happen. They can really block themselves out from getting the fight. You can have the money or the opportunity. Molina understands what the situation is, and he stepped up to the plate and understands the opportunity at hand to be the world heavyweight champion," Wilder said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BWC on 06-02-2015

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;15752151]I hope so. I get that you want Wilder to look "strong" going into that fight. IMO he should have fought someone that could actually prepare him for Povetkin. I guess I am looking at it from too…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 06-02-2015

[QUOTE=BostonGuy;15751847]I think this will be Wilder's last 'soft touch' opponent. If everything goes to plan, Wilder will Povetkin later this year as he is Deontay's mando.[/QUOTE] I hope so. I get that you want Wilder to look "strong" going into…

Comment by Hougigo on 06-02-2015

[QUOTE=sicko;15752035]A Leapai who got stopped by Kevin Johnson :lol1: yeah that was a well deserved Mandatory position for him right?[/QUOTE] Yup, because he got that mandatory position right after he got knocked out by Johnson... weird how they work

Comment by sicko on 06-02-2015

[QUOTE=Mitchell Kane;15750445]Leapai was a mandatory.[/QUOTE] A Leapai who got stopped by Kevin Johnson :lol1: yeah that was a well deserved Mandatory position for him right?

Comment by Achcauhtli on 06-02-2015

He's fighting Molina because he's old & he's ranked #43 in the division. Oh, and if Arreola can knock Molina out in 1 round, then....

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