Deontay Wilder Los Angeles Media Day
Photos: Esther Lin - SHOWTIME
WBC Heavyweight World
Champion Deontay Wilder held a jam-packed media day Monday
in Los Angeles where he discussed his blockbuster matchup
against lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury taking place
Saturday, December 1 on SHOWTIME PPV® from STAPLES Center in
Wilder arrived in Los Angeles, along with trainer Jay Deas,
to show off his skills in front of media at Churchill Boxing
Club in Santa Monica. The most significant heavyweight event
in the U.S. in more than 15 years, Wilder vs. Fury tests the
raw power of the 6-foot-7 Wilder against the unmatched size
and mobility of the 6-foot-9 Fury.
Tickets for the event, which is promoted by BombZquad
Enterprises and Queensberry Promotions, in association with
DiBella Entertainment and TGB Promotions, are on sale now.
Ticket prices start at $75, plus applicable fees and are
available via AXS.com. Wilder vs. Fury will be produced and
distributed by SHOWTIME PPV.
Here is what Wilder and Deas had to say Thursday at media
day, where Wilder was joined by his girlfriend Telli Swift
and their eight-month-old daughter Kaorii:
“I feel like I’m at my very best right now. Mentally,
physically and emotionally I’m ready to go. Everything is
perfect. I just want to get in the ring and show action.
Tyson Fury doesn’t know what he’s gotten himself into.
“As a true champion, I know how to adjust to any fighter
that’s in front of me. My experience facing fighters of all
styles has prepared me for this special fight.
“I’ve had tremendous sparring. Every day I’m making
adjustments and getting myself right so I can get my timing
and style exactly how it needs to be. If the fight was this
weekend, Deontay Wilder is ready to go.
“Luis Ortiz was the most avoided fighter in the heavyweight
division and I understand why he had never gotten the title
shot before. I’m the type of fighter who gives people
opportunities and he was the fighter I needed to face to
prove to the world what I’m all about.
“This is not a game for me. Everyone has heard about what
it’s like to be in the ring with me, but until you’re in
there, you don’t know for sure that what you’ve been hearing
is for real. I’m the best in the world. I don’t think any
heavyweight has been through what I’ve been through.
“I’m training for a certain type of mission. As a fighter I
have to have the mindset that I must be ready for anything.
Then, once it’s time for the bell to ring, I become ‘The
“Fury has height just like me and he also brings an awkward
style like myself. He’s rangy, mobile and he believes he’s
the best in the world. You’ll get two giants who are
athletic and move around the ring like no one else in this
“They say that I have the power and he has the boxing
skills. We’ll see on December 1. It’s a puncher versus a
boxer. I think the puncher is going to box his lights out,
and then I’m going to knock his lights out.
“I don’t watch too much film or study guys past getting
their style down and seeing how they use their styles. My
trainers watch film and use that knowledge to give me advice
throughout the fight. I find that my opponents fight
differently depending on who they’re facing, so I can’t
dwell too much on watching past fights.”
JAY DEAS, Wilder’s Trainer
“Tyson Fury is kind of like a Rubik’s cube. But a Rubik’s
cube can be solved. Fury is a very versatile fighter who can
move, he can box and fight from lots of distances. He’s the
total package as a fighter and on top of that he’s
“We have our hands full, but I know that Deontay Wilder is
the guy to handle Tyson Fury. Deontay is the the right guy
to take over boxing and this is the first step in that.
“Deontay has had a fantastic camp and we’ve had really good
sparring partners. Fury is a tall fighter, but it’s really
the athleticism that makes him what he is. We believe we’re
better off finding more athletic guys who are slightly
shorter than Fury, rather than someone his height who is a
“Fortunately Deontay has always been a focused fighter, so
keeping him right mentally I don’t think will ever be a
problem. Deontay can handle any chaos around him better than
anyone I’ve seen. When he says he’s the man for this job, he
really means it.
“The tough thing with preparing for Tyson Fury is that even
he doesn’t know exactly what he’s going to do in there. He
can fight lefty, righty, dirty or clean. We’re working on
being prepared for all of these things and more.
“Both guys are very athletic and very awkward style-wise,
but once this fight combusts, it’s going to be phenomenal.
You don’t want to blink or go to the bathroom, the pretzel
can wait, because you’re going to want to catch every second