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Garcia vs Herrera: Deontay Wilder says he's ready for the best, focused on Malik Scott

Deontay Wilder is stepping up the competition, and says he's ready to take on the best in the sport.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder is looking to score a career-best win this Saturday night when he faces Malik Scott, a fighter he is friendly with outside of the ring, but will look to knock out in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, when the two meet as the Showtime co-feature to Danny Garcia vs Mauricio Herrera.

Wilder (30-0, 30 KO) has mowed down his competition thus far, much of it suspect at best, but the 28-year-old Olympic bronze medalist says he's now at a point where he's developed his skills, learned in sparring with some of the best in the world, and is ready to take on the best in the game.

From a Ring Magazine Q&A:

"I'm ready to fight the best right now. I'll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime. Right now I'm totally focused on Malik Scott. I was already in shape before I even heard about the fight. I'm not like a lot of these heavyweights who need months to get in shape. I'm already in shape."

Wilder vs Scott is slated as a WBC eliminator, meaning the winner will be in line for a title shot against the winner of the Bermane Stiverne-Chris Arreola rematch, which will determine the new WBC titleholder. Vitali Klitschko most recently held the belt, but was "elevated" to "champion emeritus" status as he's no longer actively fighting.

Do you think we'll see Wilder in a title fight by the end of this year?

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