Deontay Wilder’s training partner has given an update on the former WBC heavyweight champion.
Raphael Akpejiori, who trains with Deontay Wilder regularly, spoke to The Sun about the ‘Bronze Bomber.’ This comes just days after news broke out that Fury might fight Carlos Takam on December 5 in the United Kingdom. Wilder is yet to comment on the matter, but Akpejiori gave an update from the former champion’s side.
Akpejiori said, “I’m just saying from Deontay’s perspective he is ready to go for December. I’m not involved in the politics or anything. But one thing I know from Deontay is he is ready to go in December. Deontay is expecting Wilder-Fury in December, I’m just saying what Deontay is expecting.”
Wilder is delaying a decision, which is frustrating the Fury camp. So they have moved on and are searching for different opponents since they believe the rematch clause has expired. Akpejiori also said, “[Fury] has a contract for a rematch, I believe, so he has to show up to the arena on that day.
“Deontay will show up to the arena on that day, that’s what I can tell you. I have conversations with him once a week. To the best of my knowledge, he will be in that arena wherever that fight takes place.”
The real question a lot of fans have is whether Wilder is ready for the trilogy. After a one-sided affair in February, Wilder has a lot to prove. However, Akpejiori had his say on this. He said, “He is expecting Wilder-Fury in December, that’s what he’s been told and that is what he is training for and he’s ready to go.”
He added, “He’s in shape. We haven’t sparred just yet, we just workout together. We do a lot of strength and conditioning work together because we share the same trainer, obviously. He’s an athlete, he’s a superhuman athlete in his unique type of body and the way he’s carrying himself.”
Thus, giving boxing fans worldwide hope that if the fight happens, we can look forward to another blockbuster event. It seems unlikely that it will be on the December 5 event. However, in boxing, one can say nothing for sure. There’s no doubt that it would be a fantastic event for all fans of the sport if it happens.