Deontay Wilder spoke to Jim White on talkSPORT today on his first world title, facing Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte’s drug saga and the dangers of boxing.
On Dillian Whyte drug saga: “I just shook my head. It’s over and over again, how many times are we going to hear about fighters doing this?
“We are going to hear about it a lot more in the future too.
“He was so close, he was crying about how he wasn’t getting opportunities, he wanted people to feel sorry for him.
“Then he finally gets his chance and then, damn…
“The system needs to change. I believe in second chances but I believe in three strikes and you’re out, banned for life.”
On fighting Dillian Whyte: “In the future… he’s got a little situation going on with himself.
“I was so looking forward to fighting him since he came into the mandatory challenger position.
“But he had four opportunities to fight me…”
On the dangers of boxing: “I’m a warrior and would die in the ring for this. Boxing doesn’t stop and it gravitates to your spirit and your soul.
“You sometimes know you need to get out but you stay and you continue fighting each other.
“It’s so real. People have to understand that and accept me for who I am. I have two personalities, inside and outside the ring.That person [inside the ring] is scary.”
Deontay Wilder on his first world title:“I told my daughter when she was one year old, ‘your daddy is one day going to be champion of the world’.
“When I won my first title at the MGM grand against Bermane Stiverne, I thanked god and looked at her and thanked her too.
“Everything I have, I give to them. I’m blessed.”
On his children: “You’re going to make me cry, I love my babies, I’ve got eight now.
“I got into boxing to help them and set them up.
“My kids are unique and I love them being different like me. We all have a great energy and we release that into the world.
“I’ve cried many times thinking about my kids and now I want to give them the world.”
On facing Anthony Joshua: “People ask me if I will fight AJ and I say a loss is not the end of the road.
“The heavyweight division is so small – there is enough space for everybody and before I retire I want to say I was in with the best.”
On Anthony Joshua’s defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr. “I wasn’t amazed at all. I knew Ruiz had some great skills and knew Joshua would be up for a test.
“He had never been over in the USA in his career and there was so much going on with the saga in the heavyweight division.
“I think Ruiz beat him too easy and Joshua quit. He spit the mouthpiece out and was using tricks. He looked to the corner and wanted out.
“I don’t think he is a quitter but he quit that night.”
On facing Andy Ruiz Jr: “In boxing anything is possible. With Andy, we are on the same team so it’ll be a lot easier to make that fight happen.
“It’s interesting at the moment, I’m open to anything and everything.
“This is an exciting division and I’m going to everything I can to keep it that way as the champion.
“I’m the best in the world and I’m willing to prove that every time.”
On that Tyson Fury classic: “The fight was amazing, it was controversial. I think I knocked him out, I think I won.
“Fury is an alright guy, he brings a certain type of personality to the division and we need personalities here – that’s what makes the sport so exciting.
“I can always deal with someone who is going to put on a great show and bring their best to the ring.”
On the UK: “It’s always great when I’m over here in the UK. I always have a great time.
“I like London, the only thing I don’t like is the weather! It’s usually raining and cold but at least today the sun is shining.”
Listen to the whole interview here