Wilder: Soon I’ll be the highest paid athlete in the world!

WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0-1) is feeling himself these days. The 33-year-old American is in training camp for his upcoming title defence against his fellow countryman Dominic Breazeale (20-1-0). Originally the champ had to face Tyson Fury in what was about to be one of the most anticipated rematches in boxing history, but the Brit signed with ESPN and the negotiations between the two sides got scrambled.

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There’s no doubt a second fight with Fury would’ve made Deontay Wilder richer, but the “Bronze Bomber” thinks that sooner or later he’ll get Mike Tyson or Floyd Mayweather type of money. Last month the Alabama native was offered a lucrative deal of approximately $80 millions by DAZN, but Wilder declined the contract, basically saying that nobody owns him.

Now Wilder is preparing himself for his May 18 clash with Breazeale, but the American vows that his mind is set on a rematch with Fury and a unification bout with IBF, WBO and WBA “Super” champion Anthony Joshua.

It won’t be difficult for me to make those fights with Fury and Joshua. I’m betting on myself. I move as I please. Those guys, they have to do as they are told. I make commands and demands. They take them. That’s the difference between me and them. I’m like the wild card in all this. I move where I want. I can move freely. Soon I will be the highest paid athlete in the world. If no one believes it, just watch. You’ll see. The DAZN deal wasn’t right. You can’t do a deal if you don’t know the other parts of the deal. If information is withheld from you, how can you proceed further?,” Wilder said to Daily Mail.

‘I am not in the business of just trying to take some money because you see a number. That’s not me. That’s never been me. I look at the bigger picture. You sell me a number and I know there’s going to be a bigger number than that. They saw a guy they thought they could throw some money at and that would be it but they found out the hard way. We came in serious and we were looking for serious answers and we didn’t get them and for that reason, we had to leave until a further time.”

Boxing’s like the weather: it can change instantly. Although everybody is split up going different ways, the greatest thing about this situation with all three of us is that the doors are still open. Talks are still being talked. Negotiations are still in session. After the three of us fight these fights, it’s time for real serious negotiations. Real serious talks. No playing around. I don’t have time to play around. I have got a lot of things going on in my life, the correct way. What’s owed to me will come to me,” Wilder said.

“I want to fight those guys. I want to see one champion, one face, one name. I want to see it done the right way, the fair way. We can go away and say we did it, we can hug it out, and we can go back and support our families.’

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