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Wilder vs Szpilka: Quotes from media conference call

Deontay Wilder and Artur Szpilka spoke with the media on Wednesday about their upcoming January 16 fight.

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"I'm always in shape. I'm always in the ring because I'm in love with this sport.

"There's so much rich history in Brooklyn. Barclays Center still needs a face. Why not me? I have friends and family in New York. That's the mission that I'm on.

"Don't get too overwhelmed by the opportunity, Szpilka. You still have to do something with it.

"Once I knock Szpilka out, I want all the Polish fans to come on the "Bronze Bomber" train as I bring the heavyweight division back to the top.

"I'm the guy who has everything it takes to be heavyweight champion of the world. It's not just about being great inside the ring, it's about being able to do great things outside of the ring. Not everyone has that. I love to be out there with the people.

"I don't care who it is. It doesn't matter who is in the ring with me. I love a fighter who's not scared because it gives me the motive to knock him out. I don't play around because I mean business.

"I'm looking for a grand show. It's going to be a great performance to kick off 2016. This is going to be a huge year for me. I'm knocking Szpilka out and I'm sending a message to everyone who stands in my way."


"I hope that you hear loud and clear, I can win this fight. My mind is ready, my body is ready. You're done January 16.

"I have everything that a good boxer needs. I'm very confident and I know that this is my time. I have respect for him, but he's never fought somebody like me. Everybody he fought but Bermane Stiverne was a bum.

"Only three people have actually tried to fight him. Everybody else had already lost before they got into the ring.

"I wanted this fight. This is my time. The heavyweight titles are wide open. There's new blood for boxing.

"There is a big difference between me now and two years ago. I trust in my corner. You will all see a new Artur Szpilka on January 16."

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