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Deontay Wilder's Classy Response To Reporter Backing Him In A Fight With Mike Tyson

Deontay Wilder's Classy Response To Reporter Backing Him In A Fight With Mike Tyson

Deontay Wilder's bold claim that he could beat a prime Mike Tyson "ain't going to change," but he respects fans' opinions on the matter in a classy response.

The 34-year-old ex-WBC champ hasn't minced his words on Tyson in the past and even bragged that he could have knocked out the boxing legend.

And Wilder once again defended his stance on beating a younger version of 'Iron' Mike when a reporter brought up the subject while he was signing autographs.

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The EsNews reporter said that he backed the 'Bronze Bomber' in a dream fight with Tyson, saying only ex-pro boxer Chris Byrd agreed with him.

Wilder admitted that he recognised the time that had passed when the US didn't have a heavyweight champ and the impact of the Klitschkos on the division.

However, the KO artist didn't make a U-turn on his Tyson claim and insisted that he is "confident in what I can do right now and in the future."

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Wilder explained: "Well, you know, I mean when we going back in the days like that, dealing with almost 20 years since a real American champion here, then the Klitschkos [Wladimir and Vitali] came along and swiped all that, now you're trying to build back up, people still going to give their opinions about things.

"And, you know, some people are like, 'I'll believe it when I see it' type of thing. We can never change the past, and I'm going to be confident in what I can do right now and in the future.

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"I've made many a statements about that, but I'll leave it to what I said -- it ain't going to change."

Wilder, who reigned as WBC champ for five years until his sensational defeat to Tyson Fury, has previously torn into the quality of opponents 'Iron' Mike fought.

Tyson, 54, has since reacted to Wilder's claim and insisted that he 'loves' the "fact that he thinks that, because that's the way I would think as well."

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Topics: Mike Tyson, Bronze Bomber, Boxing News, Baddest Man on the Planet, Boxing, Iron Mike, Deontay Wilder

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Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]