WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder steps back into the ring on June 13 (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)
By Chris Robinson
Looks like newly-crowned WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (33-0, 32 KO’s) will be stepping back into the ring on Saturday, June 13 inside of the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala.
Showtime Championship Boxing will play host to Wilder’s defense vs. Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KO’s), as the 29-year old is still in the spotlight heavily following his title-winning victory vs. Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17.
with that victory in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand, the 6’7″ Wilder became the first undefeated American to win the heavyweight crown dating back to Michael Moorer in 1994.
Molina isn’t regarded as the biggest of threats but he does possess a little bit of size at 6’5″ and is riding a five-bout winning streak dating back to his first round knockout loss to Chris Arreola in February of 2012.
Wilder is not short on charisma, and has always bared himself to the world whenever speaking with the media. It was a treat being around him during Fight Week ahead of his matchup vs. Stiverne and a lot is riding on his shoulders moving foward.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to be able to defend my heavyweight championship in my home state,’’ Wilder said of his forthcoming fight with Molina.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,” the Tuscaloosa native added. “It was one of my dreams to win a world title. This was my other dream to be able to defend it before all my fans in Alabama. I can’t wait until fight night to step into the ring and see the whole state coming out to support me.”
Stay tuned for more updates.
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com