Deontay Wilder, the former WBC heavyweight champion, has given himself only three more years in the sport.
Coming back from a loss in his third fight against Tyson Fury, Wilder fights Robert Helenius on October 15th. He plans that this will be one of the last fights of his career.
“I don’t try to fight anything but the best,” Wilder said Sky Sports. “I’m picking up where I left off because there are only three years left before I’m done.
“I’m three years old or less. It could be one fight or six fights and I’m done.”
Until his loss to Fury, Wilder was the WBC’s longest-serving titleholder. He created a reputation based on his fearsome power punches. He believes his achievements already stand for themselves.
“Whatever people say, good or bad, my experiences will never be forgotten. I’ll be here,” he said. “I really encourage and inspire people all over the world.”
Wilder is at a point in his career where he can set himself a retirement date. “I’m one of the outcasts. I don’t need a boxing career,” Wilder said. “I don’t need the business, the business needs me.
“It’s not where you come from, it’s where you’re trying to go. And I’m trying to go, I got there,” he said. “Those who laugh and mock, I expect laughter for you now.”
In his last few battles he aimed to deliver entertainment. “I’m looking forward to fighting my old friend Robert Helenius and it’s going to be great. I know he has the heart and mind of a fighter just like I have the heart and mind of a fighter. So he’s set up to be a fighter. An amazing fight. So it could be the best man to win,” Wilder said.
“One thing that makes Robert dangerous is that he has the heart of a warrior. Your heart controls everything. Many people would think that your mind controls it all but it’s not because your mind will often tell you to stop. , you can’t. No more, you can’t do this.
“Your heart will tell you to die for her. You will do whatever it takes to do it.”
Wilder has also not ruled out boxing in the UK before he retires. “There is a high possibility that this could happen,” he said. “I believe you will probably see me on the lake in the near future.”