Deontay Wilder says he’ll move down to cruiserweight after unifying heavyweight division

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, June 1st, 2018 | 0

Deontay Wilder never ceases to surprise the boxing world – be it inside the ring with his massive hooks coming out of nowhere or the verbal jabs, off it.

The WBC heavyweight champion, who has been long in talks for a blockbuster fight with the IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA champion Anthony Joshua, is planning to move down to cruiserweight division once he’s done unifying his predominant category.

In a video posted on his official Instagram account, Wilder said: “What’s up boxing world? You know I’ve just been sitting in my car thinking about, once I unify the heavyweight division, moving down to cruiserweight and taking over that division.

“There’s never been a heavyweight ever go down in weight. I mean just for the fun of it, just take over the cruiserweight division while maintaining the heavyweight division. Yeah, what do you guys think?” the 32-year-old ‘Bronze Bomber’ added.

As ambitious as it may sound, the move could well materialize given Wilder’s slim physique despite standing 6’7” tall. For his last fight against Luis Ortiz, he weighed just over 214 pounds, whereas the limit for a cruiserweight is 200 pounds.

Quite possible, isn’t it? But before that, he will have to beat Joshua and maybe a couple of other heavyweights like Tyson Fury and Jarrell Miller.

Meanwhile, Wilder has been given time until this weekend to seal the deal with Joshua after the latter’s promoter said they would finalize a bout with mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in case they do not hear back from the American’s camp.

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