Deontay Wilder is confident his name will appear alongside the likes of Muhammed Ali, Sonny Liston and Rocky Marciano in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ is known for its unwavering belief in itself – and why not? His knockout power has been hailed by some fans and boxers as the most devastating in the sport’s history.
He won the WBC heavyweight belt in 2015, bringing home the US title for the first time since 2007 after the longest stretch in history without an American champion in the tournament. It is his duty to defend until 2020, and he has done so ten times.
While perhaps not facing as many other top contenders as fans would like, the Alabama boxer has 45 fights, 42 wins and 41 kills. Understandably, with such numbers, humility is not easy.
Wilder said BoxingScene.com that he is now a celebrity and it is certain that he will be officially introduced in the future.
“I’m a Hall of Famer right now.”
“I knew when those five years were over and I was done fighting, I would automatically be in the Boxing Hall of Fame, no questions asked. If not, I would be very surprised.”
Wilder last entered the ring in October 2021, but recently announced his return with the key Ambitious challenge and reign again.
There was a time when he considered hanging up his gloves. Two consecutive defeats to Tyson Fury will do that for you. However, he decided against and will return to the ring on October 15 to face Robert Helenius.