GL: I don't know if there's ever been a heavyweight unification bout or title fight for that matter where both boxers had such a tremendous knockout percentage. If there has, there hasn't been one in a looonnnggg time. (laughs) And here it is, this is the Alpha of boxing right here, this is going to determine who's leading the new era and it gets no better than me and Joshua. There's not another fight that's better or bigger. Who else? (Tyson) Fury isn't going to come back. I think he's good for boxing, but he struggles with his weight. He has for his whole career and now he's done added double the weight, he could barely get to where he was while he was active. How hard is it going to be for him to get that weight off? He's probably damn near 400 pounds right now. Every time he speaks I feel sorry for him, it sounds like he's got some issues and he could barely talk. He's talking with his tongue and stuff like that and I don't want to see that happen to him. He's an undefeated fighter, nobody has beaten him. He only got his belts taken away for not responding when duty called. He wasn't ready for that and I don't think he's built to be fighting back to back. He's the type of fighter that needs time off. Not every fighter could fight back to back, to back to back. Everybody isn't disciplined and dedicated to the sport like that. They want to fight and then not fight again for the next six months or a year. Fight, then take more time off.
"People don't understand the hard part is camp. The fight is easy, we want our money. The fight is light work and we want to get paid, that's what we think about. But when you're getting ready for the fight it's the long camps that get us, the sacrifice, the dedication, the hard work and pain that we have to put in this. The people don't see this, they don't understand all of the hard work that we have to put our body through. It's different sparring partners coming in and out of the ring every two rounds, they get back in hydrated and full of energy while you're still huffing and puffing from the last guy. People don't understand that and this is one of the most difficult sport in the world and it's one of the most dangerous sports in the world. That's why so many people dare not to touch this sport because, for one thing, they lose the most valuable thing in this sport and that's the mental part of it.
"If you don't have a strong mentality don't get in this sport and if you're in this sport with a mentality then get the hell out of it because you're going to get hurt and you're not going to be able to talk when it's all said and done. You're not going to be able to do for yourself and people are going to look down on you and call you a would've, could've, should've, a has been who used to be good but took too many punches. If you don't have the head for it, you need to get out of this sport. Let me give me a message to any of the champions of top guys thinking they want to fight Deontay Wilder, if you get the chance you had better train your ass off if you're fitting to fight me. All of that damage I described, I'm trying to give it to you. I'm trying to give you seizures, I'm trying to give you headaches, I'm trying to break your bones and give you a speech impediment and I'm trying to make sure you're not going to be the same fighter ever again. That's the Bronze Bomber, he don't care. When I'm in there I don't care about the other guy's health at all. It's only when I knock you out that I come back to being Deontay Wilder, the loving guy who respects everyone that does this because they're all brave. People don't realize that and the fans don't understand that we're risking our lives in that ring for your entertainment and it doesn't get any realer than that. Whether he's a good fighter or bad fighter, he put on a good show or a bad show, he had the courage to get in the ring and I respect that. If this sport was that easy everybody would do it because of all the money that could be made in one night, one fight. Who wouldn't want to do it if it was that easy? As you can see I'm a little excited right now!"
GL: The fight everybody wants to see is you and Joshua. Are you concerned that a Joshua-Kltischko rematch could delay it?
DW: "I'm not too worried about that. I think Klitschko is going to take some time to think and evaluate himself and ask himself if he really wants to do this. What's the pro's and cons to this. Do I have to prove anything else in this sport? I'm 41 years old, I had eighteen months off to rest and get ready and I needed that. Fighting a young guy took something out of him, getting knocked out like that took some more years off him. He couldn't finish. He couldn't finish the fight no more and that's when I knew it's time for Klitschko to retire. When he couldn't finish that's when I knew. Like I said before if you get an Emanuel Steward trained Klitschko, the fight would have been over. It's like Kobe Bryant, when he said he couldn't do his favorite move no more, he knew it was time to go. Out of all the moves he had, when he couldn't do his favorite one anymore, he knew it was time to go. He said it was hurting him to dunk and when you can't do your move in the sport, then it's time to go or you're going to get seriously hurt. Don't mess up your legacy. You're a hall of famer, you're going to be legendary, don't mess it up Wladimir Klitschko. So many of our champions have messed it up and I feel so bad for them. It's so sad for somebody to continue on and keep on getting knocked out. Then they fight a guy way lower than their level and they win, it gives them more confidence to keep on going and get back to the top. All they're doing though is messing up their legacy and I don't want to see that for Klitschko.
"Lennox Lewis had a tough fight with Vitali Klitschko and I think it was one of the most difficult fights of his career because he underestimated him."
GL: (cutting in) Lennox took that fight on extremely short notice after Kirk Johnson fell out, so it was a totally different style than Johnson.
DW: "You're right it was real short notice. I tell people, in boxing skills don't pay no bills. They don't. Let me break that myth, it's will and heart that pay the bills around here. You don't have to have any skills, but you get in there with will, heart and determination and say I'm not going to go down, no matter what happens I'm fighting. With your skills I can break your will and if I do that, you're a goner. I don't care how much skill you got because I'm going to keep coming and I'm going to be on your ass like flies on shit or white on rice until I break you. With a guy that has will and heart, you could beat on him all day long but eventually you're going to get tired of beating that man while you see that you can't break his spirit. You're going to be hitting him with everything you got and he's going to look at you right in the face and tell you C'MON LET'S GO, IS THAT ALL YOU GOT? By that time you're going to think I'm crazy or something because that entire time you're going to be thinking it's your skills that pay the bills. When you got a guy that don't give a damn and is doing it for a purpose, his kids, his family, and he's determined, f**k skills, your will and your heart is going to be what them bills baby, trust me.
"Lennox Lewis was very smart for not doing that rematch. He left on top and his legend will never be forgotten, he's always going to be considered one of the all time greats. He doesn't have to worry about his legacy and I think he did it the right way. People will always love Lennox Lewis and he will always be recognized as a former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world."
GL: Lennox also retired having beaten everybody he faced because he avenged both of his losses via KO.
DW: "Exactly. You got to determine when it's the right time to get out. I think Wladimir Klitschko gained some fans with that last fight, people that weren't ever with him have nothing but respect for him now. I think he should go out on top now, but if he gets a rematch for some reason, may God be with him. I'm still adventuring out and doing what I got to do on my side as far as these other belts are concerned. If they do end up doing their rematch it's just going to make it even bigger because it's going to be more promotion time, starving the people and making them hungrier for it when it finally happens. They're going to want it so bad that a chain has to be broken and when the fight happens it's going to be crazy, I've already done seen the vision. You're talking about 90,000 fans, you could forget that I'm talking about the world watching this fight. This is going to be the mega-fight, a heavyweight unification fight the likes of which hasn't happened in the heavyweight division for centuries."
GL: Are you willing to go there for that fight?
DW: "I'll go wherever for that fight. I'm comfortable in England. I'm very comfortable in England and I feel like I'm at home when I'm there. The whole time I was there I hardly had to take my wallet out. The people showed me a lot of love, it's great over there. I love America and this is one of the best countries in the world, but when you're dealing with my sport, England is where it's at, it's the birthplace of boxing. I'm willing to go anywhere though, no matter what. My belt says the world champion, so I'm willing to travel anywhere where it's safe and people can be happy and enjoy themselves, I'm ready to go."
GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?
DW: "For all my fans, I've said it once and I'm going to say it again. I love you guys. Every bit of L-O-V-E is what I have for you whether your for me or against me. The ones that talk bad keep me relevant and nothing they say bothers me, either way though whatever works for you, I just want the fans to know that I love them so much and I thank them for their support and battering. I laugh at it, I love to see what the fans say, especially the Brits, I love it. Continue to keep supporting me, the heavyweight division is alive and the beast is woken, I can't wait to unify this division. I can't wait until you see Deontay Wilder in the middle of the ring and they say the undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, the baddest man on the planet, Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder. I'm bringing those belts back to America, trust me. All of those belts will be back in America, so America be on alert because I'm bringing the belts home, I promise you. BOMBBBBBBB SQUADDDDDD!!!!