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“It’s just a stay busy fight…”--Deontay Wilder
“I think he’s just there to practice his ring walk”—poster named erics44 on BLH
"If Deontay does not win this, then there is no Stiverne and there is no G.I. Joe with the Kung Fu grip for his daughters and there is no house on the lake and there is no college fund; there is no tuition being paid--" Wilder’s manager Jay Deas
“I do feel like a fresh face in the heavyweight division... Wilder’s not a threat but I’m taking him serious. I take all my opponents seriously but I’m going to teach that little kid a lesson. It’s a shame his promoter and manager are putting him in such a big fight like this so early in his career.”— Bermaine Stiverne
Unconfirmed rumors have “The Bronze Bomber” fighting 39 year-old glass-jaw Mike Sheppard (21-17-1) who was beaten to a pulp by an aging Antonio Tarver last year and has dropped 5 of his last 6. If Sheppard, who hails from Palestine, WV, lasts beyond the first round, most will be shocked. Even the dreaded TBA would likely offer more competition. Heck, even the infamous and troubled Cyber-Troll Charlie Zellenoff has made light of Wilder’s level of opposition. though he did take a beating for his troubles. See: http://www.tmz.com/2014/05/12/boxing-champ-deontay-wilder-he-got-lucky-says-delusional-internet-bully/
The “fight” will be added to the Porter vs.-Brook undercard scheduled for August 16 in Carson, California.
Wilder (31-0) is, of course, the mandatory challenger for heavyweight titlist Bermane Stiverne, but farces like this do nothing in the way of getting him badly needed rounds—not to mention credibility. In this regard, he will have been in for only five rounds in the past 12 months.
Ironically, Wilder had this to say about Mike Perez, "As I watched the fight, I felt like Perez was starting to get fatigued, holding his hands down, and you could tell that Jennings is not the athlete that he claims to be. Man, I'm just happy to be a part of the heavyweight division. People are coming around now, because they know that I can bring the heavyweight division back, and I'm planning on doing that." However, this begs the question: What would happen to Wilder if he were taken into the late rounds by a Bermaine Stiverne?