Deontay Wilder has promised to knock out both Luiz Ortiz and then Tyson Fury before setting up a unification showdown to be crowned number one.
The WBC heavyweight champion was at the unveiling of a new restaurant in Bradford, West Yorkshire on Thursday night.
Tucking into pizza and burgers, Wilder, who is yet to finalise a date and venue for his rematch with Ortiz having fought him in March 2018, has promised the bout will take place.
“Ortiz is definitely happening,” he said. “I am looking forward to fighting him. After I knock him out I will go to Fury, knock him out and then we will go for a unification,” he said.
“It has been amazing watching all the fighters,” he said. “Moments where it has been memorable and history has been made, and upsets too – the sport has blossomed.
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“As a champion, sitting back watching it has been amazing to see what is going on and the dynamics. Once I get rid of Ortiz, I will get rid of Fury too. We will figure it out but Ortiz comes first.”
In his most recent fight, Wilder savagely knocked out Dominic Breazeale in New York back in 137 seconds to retain his belt in May.
Wilder was heavily guarded as hundreds of fans gathered to catch a glimpse of the American, who was booked to open Mr T’s newest restaurant.
Stepping out of a blacked out SUV, he appeared, screaming “Bomb Squad” reference to his nickname ‘Bronze Bomber’ before taking selfies and signing autographs.
In his unbeaten, 42-fight career, Wilder has fought just once in England, when he beat Audley Harrison by TKO in the first round in Sheffield in 2013.
When asked about who will win the rematch between Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua, which is scheduled for December 7 in Saudi Arabia, Wilder predicted the outcome would be similar to the first fight.
“Ruiz in my opinion,” said Wilder. ” I feel Joshua does not know how he lost, and that means he will not know how to set up a proper training camp – but anything is possible.
“Boxing is an amazing sport and you just do not know what is going to happen. That is why I love it.”