Deontay Wilder claims he never studies his opponents as he prepares to defend his world title against Chris Arreola.
The WBC world heavyweight champion takes on his fellow American in Birmingham Alabama on Saturday – live on Sky Sports – and is oozing confidence despite an unusual approach to preparation.
Wilder (36-0-KO35) told a press conference: “When it comes to Deontay Wilder, people look for the knockouts and I deliver. What separates me from other heavyweights is the fashion in which I knock guys out. I don’t just knock you out, I really put you out. “I never look at films of opponents because I want to be surprised and I want to give myself a mental challenge in there. That’s what makes this sport so great.
“Birmingham has showed me love from day one. I don’t just represent my city; I represent the state. Everywhere is my home. Birmingham understands entertainment and excitement and that’s what I’m trying to bring to people here.
“I have an ability to get out of bed and fight. I can do things that regular fighters can’t do. I don’t do miles of roadwork. I’m blessed with stamina.
“This is my gift to give back to my state. Boxing is growing fast here. Me and Jay [trainer] Deas have always wanted to do this. It warms my heart that we’re living our dreams.”
‘The Bronze Bomber’ won the title in January 2015 and all three of his defences to date have ended in stoppage victories.