Deontay Wilder’s Friend Reveals Conversation With the Heavyweight Star Before All the Success

Published 10/03/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 15: Deontay Wilder declines to speak during the press conference with Tyson Fury at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live on June 15, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)


Heavyweight star Deontay Wilder didn’t have things handed to him. He didn’t even dream of becoming a boxer at a young age. However, fate played out to bring him into the pugilistic community, which showered him with success, stardom, and money.

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The American boxer initially stepped through the ropes to earn money. With time, he discovered that it was his passion. Wilder continued to poleaxe his opponents and amassed a record of 42-1-1 with 41 KO finishes.

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However, Wayne Grimball may not see him as a superstar as the fans do. Ahead of Fury vs Wilder 3, Grimball, Wilder’s friend, sat down with PBC and revealed how a young Deontay Wilder had approached him for boxing guidelines.

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“We came over and we sat right here. He told me he was a boxer, and he wanted if I might help him out a little bit. I said, nah I don’t do that kind of stuff, Deontay. And he said, well. Then I looked at him and said, I want to ask you something, He said what, I said how good are you? And he says you are looking at the next heavyweight champion of the world,” said Grimball.

Deontay Wilder claimed that he sees Wayne Grimball as his father figure and the duo shares a very close bond. Hence, as Wilder is once again at a very crucial stage of his career, he visited his long-time well-wisher.

How good is Deontay Wilder in the ring?

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His record speaks for itself. Wilder is a machine of knockout power and has run across the entire division, with one of the best resumes in heavyweight history. He is already close to challenging the numbers of Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali. Based on the numbers, he is completely dominant in the ring. However, Tyson Fury appears to be the ‘kryptonite’ for his ‘superman’ abilities.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder celebrates after knocking out Luis Ortiz in the seventh round of their title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

Unless Wilder beats Fury, people will continue to doubt his supremacy. That said, the upcoming fight is his massive chance to resurrect himself. It will be a demanding task, but Deontay Wilder has gotten the thing he wanted the most- an opportunity to trounce ‘The Gypsy King’ and regain his lost WBC world title.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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