Deontay Wilder has promised to defend his title in style against Johann Duhaupas
Last Updated: 24/09/15 4:16pm
Deontay Wilder is determined to impress when he makes the second defence of his WBC world heavyweight title against Johann Duhaupas this weekend.
The 29-year-old American (34-0-KO33) puts his belt on the line against the Frenchman (32-2-KO20) in Alabama and having received criticism for June's ninth-round stoppage of Eric Molina, is keen to put on a show in front of his home fans.
He said: "I'm just ready to fight. Anybody can be knocked out. It just takes the right amount of time and patience. You have to set up for it. Some guys can take punches better than others, but I don't think he's faced any guy with the charisma that I bring to the ring.
I don't look at video or any of that stuff. I like to adjust when I get into the ring. It gets me involved mentally and I can show off my IQ in the ring.
"I don't look at video or any of that stuff. I like to adjust when I get into the ring. It gets me involved mentally and I can show off my IQ in the ring. I can't wait for that bell to ring.
"When you talk about the heavyweight division, all of the guys and big and strong. You have to respect each fighter. At the end of the day, the records don't matter. It's about who's the toughest, who's the smartest and whose the most motivated in the ring.
"For all of my fights I've been gaining more experience. I knew I could go rounds and take punches even though people didn't think I could. With this fight, it's a new style and a new opponent, so I might have to bring out something I haven't had to in my career.
"Each and every time I fight it's a learning experience. Inside the ring and outside. I'm a busy champion. I want to be the biggest name around. I'm the right man for the job.
"I love this sport. I'm married to this sport and I'm not going anywhere. My hand is stronger than it was before my last fight and I look forward to putting it to the test."
Duhaupas, who has never been stopped, said: "It's been an honor to come to the United States. I feel like I'm in the movies that I used to watch as a child. I really appreciate this country.
"Height is always an issue when facing a taller guy, but it will be up to me to take care of that. I've fought several guys taller than me and I'll be ready.
"I'm confident in myself and I'll be equally as confident in the ring. I'm ready to deliver the knockout."