WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder speaks about legacy and beaten the fight records of Floyd Mayweather and Rocky Marciano.
Wilder is expected to next face Cuban Luis Ortiz next up in sometime in March or April of this year, with a deal understood to be in its final stages of negotiations.
They were due to fight in late last year but instead Wilder fought Bermane Stiverne in a rematch that he won in quick knockout fashion.
Wilder does have his eyes on some longer-term goals too.
When asked by Kevin Iole on YouTube if he could equal or surpass either Floyd Mayweather (50-0) or Rocky Marciano’s record (49-0) – Wilder said:
“It had me think about it a little bit. But, you know, those achievements and if I make it a goal it’s definitely going to happen. I can definitely beat all those guys’ records, easily, because I’m just now stepping into my prime after beating Stiverne, at 32 years old, just walked in the door. I’m a master of my craft. I know everything about myself in the ring. The positioning. What I’m doing. What I’m doing wrong. Even in the mist of me doing it like. There’s so much that people don’t even understand how I am and what I can see inside of the ring. Being able to have power makes all of the difference.”
He went on to conclude:
“Those goals will definitely be broken. It’s not something that I’m going seeking, it’s something that’s going to be nice when I retire. Hell, I might even feel lucky and pass George Foreman’s record of oldest champion! (laughs)”
Wilder is currently 39-0 (38KO) and a win in his next fight takes him within ten fights of Mayweather’s record, nine from Marciano’s.