Deontay Wilder hints at early retirement ahead of world title defence on September 26
Last Updated: 18/09/15 12:03pm
Deontay Wilder is already planning for life after boxing ahead of defending his world heavyweight title on September 26.
The WBC king (34-0-KO33) takes on Johann Duhaupas (32-2-KO20) in Birmingham, Alabama, in the second defence of the belt he won by outpointing Bermane Stiverne in January.
In an interview reported on boxingscene.com, the 29-year-old American said: "I'm definitely an active champion. I'm looking forward to defending my belt as many times as possible. I don't see myself being in the sport a very long period of time so I want to fight as much as possible.
I don't see myself being in the sport a very long period of time so I want to fight as much as possible.
"I want to defend and put my title on the line as much as possible. If the top in the division are ready to try to come and take my belt - and the key word is 'try' - I'm ready to give them that opportunity."
Wilder, who made his professional debut in 2008, added: "I'm looking to have maybe 10 years in the sport, especially at the capacity I'm going with defending my titles and the things we have planned and lined up.
"I have so many things that I want to do with my life. I just don't see myself being a fighter forever. Boxing is my love and passion. It also opens up and sets up other things in my life as well.
"Many fighters may not have a plan after boxing. For some boxers, boxing is all there is and all they know. For me, I have other goals and plans in my life that I want to see myself accomplish."
Wilder, who will defend his title against mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin should he overcome Duhaupas, was recently criticised by WBA Super, IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko over the standard of his opponents.