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Deontay Wilder: This is The Fight To Make A Statement

Saturday marks Deontay Wilder's first bout in seven months. The WBC  heavyweight champion injured his hand and biceps during his win against Chris Arreola last year. Now healthy, the Bronze Bomber hopes not only to make a successful return but to deliver a message to the other heavyweight champions.

Said Wilder, via Boxing Scene:

"This is the fight to make a statement, to let everybody know that Deontay Wilder is not playing around. 2017, hopefully everything can come together because years in the past we've always had plans, but sometimes things don't go as planned. We're looking for 2017, and everything that we have planned, that God is going to grant us our wishes and 2017 turns out to be a beautiful, beautiful year." 

Wilder believes that 2017 will be the year he unifies the heavyweight world title. He plans on taking on WBO champion Joseph Parker next ( should Parker win his next bout ) and then wants to fight the winner of Joshua-Klitschko later in the year. But before these grand plans, Wilder must first take care of business against Gerald Washington on Saturday night. Coming from a long layoff and inury, Wilder stresses the need to look good against Washington:

"This is going to tell me, as a whole, what I am as a fighter (and) where I stand. With this injury that I've taken, overcame and healed we're going to see if everything is okay. If my left hand got better because I had to sit out with the right. Does the right still possess as much power, or more than what I had? There's going to be a lot of questions of myself that I need to answer."

" In this fight there's a lot of questions of myself that I need answers to, and the only way that I'm going to have answers is if I give 110% into whatever I'm doing, and to get the knockout and look good doing it. There are a lot of other fights we plan on making down the line, it's going to be very important that I look good in this fight."

Looking good means stopping Washington in an impressive fashion. Wilder has knocked out all but one of his 37 opponents. And Washinton may not be an exception. According to the fans at the Throwdown Scoring app, Wilder is going to wint the fight via stoppage. In fact, 98.6% of the fans think so:

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