WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder doesn’t understand why he doesn’t get the attention as a world champion in the United States the way other fighters do outside of the U.S. Wilders sees it as a situation where the American boxing fans don’t support their own. They support other fighters.
Wilder doesn’t name the foreign fighters that the U.S boxing fans have adopted as their own, but he could be talking about guys Gennady Golovkin, Saul Canelo Alvarez, Manny Pacquiao and Anthony Joshua. America will never be like countries like the UK, Russian and other parts of the world simply because it’s a melting pot of many diverse cultures. Many of the people in the U.S have come from other countries. As such, it’s hard to get all the Americans to circle their wagons around a certain fighter that comes from within the country.
The U.S fans are willing to follow any fighter outside or inside the country as long as they’re entertaining, and they fight the best. Wilder is entertaining, but he doesn’t fight the best. If Wilder can beat guys like Anthony Joshua, he could become a star overnight. But that’s easier said than done.
Wilder sounds kind of jaded about him not getting the star status that he feels he deserves.
Wilder, 31, is almost a complete known with the casual boxing fans in the U.S. In contrast, you have fighters like IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who is a big star in the UK where he lives.
The British boxing public has taken a huge interest in Joshua’s pro career ever since he won a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics. The fans don’t even seem to care that Joshua’s gold medal was controversial due to 2 of his wins during the competition were highly controversial against Erislandy Savon and Roberto Cammarelle.
“Even when people see me out and posting [on social media], it doesn’t mean I’m resting,” Wilder said to Showtime. “I’m just taking a little bit of time off and relaxing my mind. In this sport there are a lot of things that I want to do, and things that have to be done. I want to be the savior of heavyweight boxing. I don’t get it either,” Wilder said. “It’s mind boggling to see Americans support others before they support their own.”
Wilder comes across as bitter about the U.S fans not showing him the kind of love they do the foreign fighters.
I doubt that Wilder will ever become a huge star in the U.S like Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. Wilder hasn’t been that kind of champion. Ali and Tyson were knocking guys out and creating a lot of buzz.
They fought good fighters and won in an impression fashion. In Wilder’s case, he’s had 5 title defenses against weak opposition in record padding fights. It’s hard for boxing fans to get excited about champion like Wilder unfortunately.
“I like to joke around. I like to laugh. I like to get corny sometimes,” said Wilder. “I like to get silly. You know, I just like to live life … I’m neutral when it comes to a lot of things. I’m an open-minded person. So whether it’s religion or whether it’s race or whether it’s sexuality; I’m not the person to judge. It’s not my place because if I judge you, then God is going to judge me the same way.”