One month away from the biggest fight of his life against Tyson Fury, WBC champion Deontay Wilder had some fun with FanSided.
It’s a cold, rainy day in Tuscaloosa, AL. The national champion Crimson Tide football team is out of town to face SEC rival LSU, so town center is quiet. Off the beaten path, Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) prepares for his first Showtime pay-per-view bout against undefeated lineal champion Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs). One month away from the fight, Wilder is in the gym sparring and fine-tuning his game, but he took some time out of his schedule to have some fun with FanSided.
We posed Wilder 10 questions ranging from his favorite food and musical performer to who he believes is the hardest puncher in boxing history. Reader be warned, he also shares his favorite curse word several times, but don’t worry, they’re bleeped out.
After sparring, Wilder cooled down with a fan and a cooling wrap and rehydrated. His mood was jovial and playful as he fielded a series of questions.
When asked who’s the best heavyweight of all time, Wilder answered, “The best heavyweight of all time got to be between [Muhammad] Ali, Earnie Shavers and Joe Louis.”
His selection of Earnie Shavers was a bit of a surprise, but he also stated that he thinks Shavers is the hardest punching heavyweight of all time. The fact that Shavers was born and raised in Garland, AL might have something to do with Wilder’s response. Alabama boxers tend to stick together.
When it comes to cinema, it turns out that Wilder is a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington and Will Smith.
“I can definitely tell you my favorite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio and I like Wolf of Wall Street,” Wilder said. “You definitely can’t go wrong with Denzel Washington, nor Will Smith.”
As far as Wilder’s favorite musical performer, he’s a big Beyonce fan.
“Favorite musical performer … got to be Beyonce,” Wilder said. “She kills it. She say [sic] she turns into ‘Sasha.’ I turn into the ‘Bronze Bomber,’ so I understand ‘Sasha.'”
Wilder also covered topics ranging from boxing history to food to women. Stay tuned to FanSided for more news on Wilder vs. Fury as the Dec. 1 fight date approaches.