Deontay Wilder: “I Hold The Keys To The Heavyweight Division”

After facing the likes of Luis Ortiz and Tyson Fury and holding the WBC heavyweight title since 2014, Deontay Wilder believes himself to be the kingpin of the heavyweight division.

In a recent press conference announcing his next fight, set for May 18 at the Barclays Center, Wilder reaffirmed his confidence in his abilities and said he "holds the keys to the heavyweight division." Wilder is coming off a draw against Tyson Fury on pay-per-view last December in which Wilder dropped Fury twice.

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"No man who gets in the ring will be able to defeat Deontay Wilder. I hold the keys to the heavyweight division. No fighter is doing what I'm doing. I'm trying to give the fans something they've never seen before," Wilder said.

As for Wilder's next fight, he will be facing mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale. The two have been feuding for many months and Breazeale even brought in top trainer Virgil Hunter to his camp to help prepare him for the title bout. Wilder talked about Breazeale working with Hunter and said his opponent will need all the help he can get.

"I hope he's training his hardest. I'm glad he has Virgil Hunter on his side to show him something new. Every man I've faced; they've landed on the canvas. I'm going to continue to do that on May 18," Wilder said.

The fight will air on Showtime television in the United States, continuing the network's long-relationship with the Barclays Center. The venue already hosted a Showtime card this year, a March 2 card that saw Erislandy Lara and Brian Castano fight to a draw in the main event.

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