Deontay Wilder bullish ahead of facing Alexander Povetkin in Russia
By Isaac Robinson
Last Updated: 22/04/16 10:25am
Deontay Wilder is prepared to fight wherever necessary to become unified heavyweight champion of the world.
The WBC king (36-0-KO35) is preparing to make the fourth defence of his title against Alexander Povetkin (30-1-KO22) in Russia on May 21 and with Britons Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in possession of the other belts, hinted at the possibility of unification bouts in the UK.
Wilder, who was confronted by WBA 'Super' and WBO champion Fury in the ring following his latest defence, said: "All the things I've done up to now, that will be the icing on my cake to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
"I won't stop, no matter how many hours I have to put in. No matter how many fights that I have to take. No matter how many countries I have to visit to defend my title. I will be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
"My expectation is, of course, to win. To come back with that victory for America. This is a big fight, not just for myself, for America. It's like Russia versus America.
"I've been getting nothing but positive feedback from fans all over. Even if they weren't a fan of Deontay Wilder, they are now for this very fight. Hopefully I can win them over to stay a fan of Deontay Wilder after this fight.
"I think it's a great fight. I think it's a great thing that we're going over to Russia, defending my title in somebody else's backyard.
"Like I said before, it's easier for me to fight here in America but that's not what it's all about to me. When I have a title that says the heavyweight champion of the world, I want to travel all over the world to defend my title.
"I'm living my dream, I'm getting an opportunity to do that with this fight. I'm looking forward to Russia and I want to tell Russia: 'Here I come.'"
Wilder, who hails from Alabama, won the crown by outpointing Bermane Stiverne in January 2015 and has since stopped challengers Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas and Artur Szpilka.