Wilder to help Haye prepare for Fury
Deontay Wilder, who stands 6-foot-7, will serve as a sparring partner for former heavyweight titleholder David Haye in preparation for Haye’s all-English clash with unbeaten 6-foot-9 contender Tyson Fury on Sept. 28 in Manchester, England, Wilder’s co-manager, Jay Deas, informed RingTV.com.
“Deontay leaves on Aug. 28, and he’ll return on or about Sept. 18,” said Deas of Wilder (29-0, 29 knockouts), a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist who is coming off a first-round stoppage of ex-beltholder Sergei Liakhovich. “So … he’ll be sparring with David Haye for about three weeks in London.”
Wilder celebrated his 27th birthday last Oct. 22 in Austria while spending time as the primary sparring partner for RING, IBF, WBA and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko as he trained for his unanimous decision victory over Mariusz Wach in November of last year.
Wilder also served in a similar capacity for Haye leading up to his unanimous decision loss to Klitschko in July of 2011.
Wilder has been mentioned by Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer as a candidate for the winner of a Sept. 7 bout between Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola, an idea Wilder himself is very keen on.
“We’re just waiting to see how everything shakes out, and we’re hoping to hear something in the next week or so in terms of ideas. Ideally, we’d like for Deontay to be back in the ring in October, early November,” said Deas.
“I would really like to get two fights in before the end of the year if possible, and then, if everything goes well, I could definitely see a title fight in early 2014. I think that he’s just a couple of more fights away.”
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