By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBC number one ranked heavyweight Deontay “Bronze Bromber” Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama returns to action Saturday night when he takes on Orlando, Florida’s Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11 KOs) on Showtime Extreme at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. Fightnews.com caught up with the Bronze Bomber as he talked about his preparation, upcoming fight with Gavern and his future date with Bermane Stiverne.
“We don’t want to call it a warm up or tune up because I didn’t have to fight but we took this fight. I am doing this for the fans,” Deontay Wilder told Fightnews.com. The 2008 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Wilder worked with trainer, 1984 gold medalist and former welterweight champion Mark Breland during a short camp in his hometown of Tuscaloosa.
“Camp is great. It is probably the shortest camp I have ever had being that I got put on the card late, which is great because I am always in camp training we are always in the gym,” said Wilder. “It was a quick knockout that was the last time I fought and this has been the longest inactivity I have had since that fight so I am ready to get back in the ring.”
Coming off a first round destruction of Malik Scott last March in Puerto Rico, Wilder earned earned a mandatory shot at the WBC title now he risks that shot against the seasoned Jason Gavern, who has faced some sturdy competition. He won a majority decision over former two-division world champion James Toney in his last fight, and has battled contender Johnathon Banks to a draw, and lost a controversial decisionto Oleg Maskaev.
“We know a lot about Gavern. I had him in my camp. We know he is tough and he comes to win,” Wilder stated. “Many people are like ‘get a guy that has a pulse.’ Gavern definitely has a pulse. He comes to fight we are looking forward to it.”
“The risk is, no matter who it is, anything over 200 pounds anyone that is a heavyweight and puts on ten ounce gloves is a risk. You can’t take anyone lightly because of their record. There have been many upsets. When you overlook fighters things like that happen. We don’t overlook anyone. When you get in the ring you’re a risk.”
A win Saturday night for Wilder will pretty much funnel him to an already guaranteed title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne in November as both camps will negotiate the terms sometime next week.
“We will see what happens with the world title fight but this fight is like an appetizer, first you eat the appetizer then you eat the steak so dinner is coming,” Wilder commented.
Wilder vs. Gavern will be a scheduled ten round heavyweight fight headlining the Showtime Extreme card. Wilder looks to get past Gavern as a November world title shot is on the horizon, the Bronze Bomber will also look to extend his knockout streak to 32 in a row.
“We will see more technique. I will be more technical and get him out. You’ll see the same thing, a knockout,” Wilder promised.
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