Wilder: I’m knocking Szpilka out

WBC Heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and Polish challenger Artur Szpilka took a break from training to chat to media on Wednesday ahead of their January 16 fight in Brooklyn.

The undefeated champion Wilder said that his opponent Szpilka should not get too overwhelmed by the opportunity afforded to him since he was going to get knocked out. 

“Don’t get too overwhelmed by the opportunity, Szpilka. You still have to do something with it. Once I knock Szpilka out, I want all the Polish fans to come on the “Bronze Bomber” train as I bring the heavyweight division back to the top. 

"I don’t care who it is. It doesn’t matter who is in the ring with me. I love a fighter who’s not scared because it gives me the motive to knock him out. I don’t play around because I mean business. 

"I’m looking for a grand show. It’s going to be a great performance to kick off 2016. This is going to be a huge year for me. I’m knocking Szpilka out and I’m sending a message to everyone who stands in my way,” he added.

In a chat to media, Szpilka said he believed that he could win the bout and was ready for anything that Wilder threw at him.

“I hope that you hear loud and clear, I can win this fight. My mind is ready, my body is ready. You’re done January 16. I have everything that a good boxer needs. I’m very confident and I know that this is my time. 

"I have respect for him, but he’s never fought somebody like me. Everybody he fought but Bermane Stiverne was a bum. Only three people have actually tried to fight him. Everybody else had already lost before they got into the ring. 

"I wanted this fight. This is my time. The heavyweight titles are wide open. There’s new blood for boxing.”