Deontay Wilder has vowed to surpass his idol Muhammad Ali by knocking out Tyson Fury to claim the defence world heavyweight title for himself.
The 34-year-old American boxer declared war against Tyson Fury on Tuesday in Las Vegas as he looked very determined and focused to claim the heavyweight title at any cost.
Tyson Fury, 31, has promised a knockout in Saturday’s rematch, while his rival Wilder was more pumped to see himself rise above Ali’s record of 10 consecutive defences of the heavyweight title.
“It will be an amazing feeling, my 11th consecutive defence,” said Wilder.
Speaking to the 5 Live Boxing with Costello & Bunce podcast, he added: “It was a basic plan for me to get into boxing, become a journeyman and make a few dollars for my daughter.
“I never thought about being heavyweight champion of the world and being tied with my idol Ali.
“Once I’ve beaten Fury with a devastating knockout, I will go on even further to break the record and do more amazing things.”
Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fight is gaining a lot of attention
Fans are already excited about the upcoming fight with Tuesday’s grand arrival turnout in Las Vegas proving they want the two fighter to go head to head.
The MGM Grand hotel, which stages the fight in its 17,000-seat arena, already has an unprecedented three boxing rings set up on its ground floor, which is hosting television broadcasters.
US sports networks are awash with build-up, while promoters Top Rank are selling tickets at $100 (UGX 366,445) a piece for fans to watch the fight on big-screen televisions at five venues in the city.
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