It was announced on December 9th that Deontay Wilder (35-0) would make his next WBC heavyweight title defense against Artur Szpilka (20-1) in the Barclays Center. Wilder was hoping to work out a deal to fight Vyacheslav Glazkov, the same fighter who Tyson Fury opted not to fight in order to honor his rematch clause with Wladimir Klitschko, but the two sides could not agree on full terms of a deal. Also, once Glazkov found out that Fury would be stripped of the title, he quickly turned his attention to a fight for the newly vacated title, which didn’t exactly sit well with Wilder.
“I think it’s disrespectful and unprofessional,” said Wilder. “In my opinion. I was looking forward to whupping [Glazkov] and whoever else. I’m looking to unify the division, and that’s my main goal and my mission. Whoever steps in that ring is going to get punished. I guarantee it. I promise you guys I will unify the division.”
Since losing his only fight, Szpilka has bounced back with four straight wins, but defeating Wilder would be considered a huge upset in the boxing world.
In other Wilder related news, he recently spoke on Tyson Fury to USA TODAY and had some very interesting things to say.
“I’m going to try to disfigure his face to where his mother won’t even be able to recognize him,” Wilder said. “I’m going to try to hurt him so bad. This won’t be like a Fury vs. Klitschko fight. As we know, my punches are high volume when I come in and try to destroy you. I do what I do and I do it well. I can’t wait.”
Prior to that statement he also mentioned how Fury has no power in his punches, sloppy footwork and a slow jab amongst other things. You can read the full transcript here. Once these two square off, because Wilder has stated he wants this fight whether or not Fury wins or loses in his rematch to Klitschko, it should be one interesting fight.