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Wilder-Duhaupas fight preview

Photo: Lucas Noonan / Premier Boxing Champions

Photo: Lucas Noonan / Premier Boxing Champions

PBC preview time 3MR readers!!!

The Premier Boxing Champions entity brings us a Heavyweight World Championship bout this Saturday night from Birmingham, Alabama.

The NBC televised event pits titlist Deontay Wilder squaring off against challenger Johann Duhaupas.

Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) is making the second defense of his title after scoring a knockout win over Eric Molina in June and is once again getting the opportunity to fight in front of his hometown fans.

“I’m so happy to have the opportunity to defend my title in my home state. I just defended my title a few months ago and I can’t wait to do it again.

“This is my happiest point. Words can’t even express the feeling that I have. I love what I do. I’m so passionate about boxing. If she was a woman, I’d put a ring on her,” proclaimed Wilder.

The knock on this title defense certainly comes from the opponent, Johann Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) who is about as unheralded as you can get, especially on national television for a world title.  Wilder however, thinks a little more highly of Duhaupas than the general public.

Deontay Wilder

“I’d like to thank Duhaupas for accepting the challenge. If anyone is looking past him, they’re a fool. He’s a tall guy, with a good record who’s never been knocked out. I have friends all over the world who have told me not to look past him.

“Any man that steps in the ring, definitely gets my full attention in respect. The heavyweights are the hard-hitters. When people get dressed up to see a heavyweight fight, there’s one thing they want to see – knockouts,” said Wilder.

Duhaupas is 1-1 in his last two fights, with that win coming over Manuel Charr, a name fans might recognize solely for being on the receiving end of a knockout, courtesy of one Vitali Klitschko in 2012.

However, the Frenchman is determined to make the most out of this opportunity.

“I’m very thankful to be here and I’m so glad I accepted this fight. I’m someone who has worked very hard to be here,” said Duhaupas.

“It’s because of all my hard work that I am here today, ready to fight for a world title. I’ve traveled a lot to train with the best boxers in the world. I am here for a reason, and that is to win the title on Saturday.

“It’s an immense pleasure to be boxing here in the United States. It’s been a magical country to me ever since I was little. When I walk around in the streets here, I feel like I’m in the movies.”

NBC will air the fight live at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT.

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