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Deontay Wilder- When It Comes – BAM, Baby Goodnight

Deontay Wilder- "When It Comes? BAM, Baby Goodnight"

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Deontay Wilder- When It Comes – BAM, Baby Goodnight

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Deontay Wilder- When It Comes – BAM, Baby Goodnight

Welcome to the Fight Freaks Unite recap podcast coming off a very light boxing weekend that featured only one fight of remote note in former two-division titleholder Luis Nery’s knockout of David Carmona in Mexico. But the main part of the podcast is my exclusive interview with former WBC heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder, who returns to the ring on Oct. 15 to headline a Fox PPV card against contender Robert Helenius in Wilder’s first bout in a year — since a knockout loss to Tyson Fury in their third fight, which was the 2021 fight of the year.

Here’s what we discussed on this episode (in order):

Nery’s third-round KO of Carmona that could set him up for a shot at unified junior featherweight titlist Stephen Fulton.

The WBA’s reversal of a previous ruling that now has ordered (once again) featherweight “super” titlist Leo Santa Cruz and “regular” titleholder Leigh Wood to meet next — period.

My interview with Wilder with whom I discussed a variety of topics, including his trilogy with Fury; why he decided to continue his career; what having his hometown build a statue in his honor meant to him; what being in the fight of the year meant to him; his relationship with Helenius, who he has sparred countless rounds with through various training camps; the prospect of a final eliminator with Andy Ruiz Jr.; his thoughts on the Oleksandr Usyk-Anthony Joshua rematch, the possible Fury-Joshua bout and possibly facing Joshua at some point; and how much longer he wants to fight.

Wilder says of the Helenius matchup on the 15th, “It’s very unlikely that you’ll come to a fight with Deontay Wilder and see something boring. Majority of the time it’s on the opposite side. You’re on the edge of your seat. You don’t know what’s gonna happen, but it’s coming. When it comes? Bam, baby, Goodnight.”

Hear the full “Fight Freaks Unite Recap” by clicking play below,

Next, Glendale, Arizona being set as the site for the highly anticipated trilogy fight between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez on Dec. 3 (DAZN).

The vacant WBC junior welterweight title fight between Jose Zepeda and Regis Prograis being signed and the likely date and site.

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Since 2000, award-winning reporter Dan Rafael has covered boxing full time and been ringside for thousands of fights, first for five years at USA Today and then for 15 years at ESPN, where he wrote and appeared on various television, radio and streaming programs. In 2013, Dan was honored by the Boxing Writers Association of America with the Nat Fleischer award for career excellence in boxing journalism. Dan brings his great insight to the Big Fight Weekend site, podcast and more!

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