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Deontay Wilder: Two months after I whoop Povetkin I'll defend my title again!

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Deontay Wilder says he plans on sticking to his word about being an active heavyweight champion, like in the days of yesteryear.

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Deontay Wilder promised fans that once he became world champion that he would put his belt on the line regularly. Well, Wilder is currently the WBC world champion and he's still singing the same tune. Wilder most recently defended his belt against Eric Molina and Johann Duhaupas in June and September respectively, and is already planning his next bout for January.

"I gave my oath to the people that once I become a champion I would be an active champion and I want to fight two or three months at a time, like back in the day how it used to be. I'm not afraid to put my title up against no-one, you know," Wilder told World Boxing News in an exclusive interview.

"That's just my thing and I love the sport of boxing. I love my job every time, not matter if it was a tough fight or an easy fight. I like to fight against opponents that want the opportunity. That's the guys I want to fight. Those guys who really want that opportunity and really want to be champion."

Now that Alexander Povetkin has defeated Mariusz Wach yesterday, he's secured his place as Wilder's mandatory challenger. But Wilder still has this January fight he's looking to take care of before focusing his attention on Povetkin. Once he's done that, he's expecting to make easy work out of Povetkin and move on to defend his title once again in short order.

"Once I whoop Alexander Povetkin's ass I'm looking forward to putting my title up again two months after that," said Wilder.

"I had confidence when I was a challenger, but now I'm a champion and I've been defending my title, doing it in great fashion and showing the world what I'm capable of doing, I feel even more confident in myself."

If Wilder keeps the frantic pace he talks about, we could see him fighting the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Tyson Fury, or perhaps Anthony Joshua in no time.