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Deontay Wilder talks Szpilka win, Povetkin, says he wants to hurt Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder had a lot to say about his win over Artur Szpilka, a potential fight with Alexander Povetkin, and, of course, Tyson Fury.

Lou DiBella

"Obviously, Deontay's a very charismatic guy. He's a great talker, he's a tremendous knockout puncher. That was a scary punch tonight, I mean, seriously, and we're so glad that Artur Szpilka's OK. Deontay's maybe the most charismatic heavyweight champion, I mean, American heavyweight champ we've had in God knows how long, and Fury's a maniac, but he's a natural born showman. It's obviously, down the line, an immense fight."

"We put 12,600 people in the Barclays Center. And Deontay had never fought here before. Charles Martin, virtually no one knew who he was. It's the power of the heavyweight division. You had a legitimate 12,600 tickets sold. The walk-up today was incredible. We opened up -- you saw there were a lot of people sitting in the upper deck. We set the arena up for 9,700 people, and we sold out our original configuration and opened up the upstairs. It was a great night.

"I'm sure the commission's not thrilled, you don't wanna see a guy get in the ring and create a ruckus, but I gotta sorta admit, I thought it was fun. I was running around the ring trying to block the guy, but he could've broken me in two or tossed me around like a rag doll, so I think it was more, honestly, him trying to build something than it was him trying to be destructive in any way."

"(Szpilka) was speaking in the ambulance. He was trying to fight his way off the stretcher, he didn't really wanna be wheeled out, but it was the right thing to do. But he's OK. He's going there to get nuclear imaging and be tested and be observed. Obviously, he was concussed."

Deontay Wilder

"I'd like to thank Brooklyn for the love and support, I'd like to thank the Polish people for the love and support of this -- over 115 years, ending the streak, it was a wonderful crowd. It was a beautiful atmosphere. My prayers go out to Szpilka tonight. I just wanna thank him for accepting the opportunity we gave him, and a job well done. I'm looking forward to coming here again and putting my title on the line once more. The atmosphere, again, was beautiful, and man, I can't wait. The heavyweight division is very exciting. It got exciting again. A lot of things is going on."

"I'm super confident (against Povetkin). I've been waiting for Povetkin for a very long time. I'm looking forward to him as well. I got a lot of voluntaries out of the way, I'm looking for my mandatory. I'm glad he was here to take notes. We all know styles make fights, and I'm looking forward to it. I'm very confident with him or anybody I'm going to get in the ring with. My goal is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. That's my mission."

"With Fury, I'm not gonna have no remorse. I'm not gonna have no sympathy for him. I'm gonna want to really, really, really hurt him."

"(Povetkin) should make note -- with him, he should take notes with everything. Don't take nothing for granted. Different fighters bring different talents out of people. Szpilka was more mobile, he was slicker, I hadn't faced a southpaw in three years. It took me a little more time to adjust than I thought it would. When you watch a fight, you can never tell. Truth be told, my right hand was, like, once I fought for the title with Bermane Stiverne, I broke my hand, it's been a year my hand was sore. But now it's back. It's 100 percent. I'm still a dangerous fighter. We always say we don't know when it's gonna happen, but it's gonna happen. When I crack you with that right hand, things is gonna happen."

"I knew I was winning. I knew I was up. I thought it was close. There wasn't that much action going on, so I knew it was pretty close. But that didn't bother me. I knew we had 12 rounds, and I'm in great shape. If it had gone the distance, I wouldn't have no worries. But again, I'm a dangerous fighter. What has made me gain my name is knocking people out. That's what I do. Any fighter who feels that I'm not a danger to their career, or to their record, they're lying to themselves. That's one of my attributes. My right hand is a monster. Sometimes I get scared of it myself. True story. It's unbelievable. Especially when I hit you at the right time. When I hit him, I knew it was over. I knew immediately."

on what Povetkin was thinking when he saw the KO: "'Oh, shit.'"

"It was his style, man. I've got an awkward style, but his style was crazy awkward. It was almost like I had to do the chasing, then he'd come forward. It was a weird feeling, getting back to the sense of fighting a southpaw, just the movement. The crowd didn't bother me. I don't listen to the crowd. Only people I hear is my corner. He just had an awkward style."

"Fury took his -- he was taking his shirt off like a preacher. You know how a preacher get too hot, they start taking off clothes? So, you know, that's what made me say I wanna baptize him. With Fury, it's just, I don't take the guy seriously at all. Let's face it. We know Fury, he likes to entertain, he likes to promote, which is a good thing, but I wasn't in the mood tonight. You got a man on the ground that's hurt, he may be good right now, but we don't know what's gonna happen to him tomorrow. I just wasn't in the mood.

"I always say two prayers, a team prayer, and an individual prayer. I never wanna hurt no one that they can't go back to their children, because my daughter told me that she prays for me every time I fight, that I don't get knocked out. That means a lot to me. I don't wanna hurt the next man. I always wanna knock my guy out, don't get me wrong, but I don't wanna hurt him to the point where he can't say, 'That was a good fight, I can live to see another day.'"

"I knew (Fury) was gonna be at the fight. Not only him, but a lot of the other heavyweights in the division. The division is getting exciting again. Now that these belts are changing hands, everybody feels like they've got this opportunity. I knew a lot of them were gonna be here. Fury was just being Fury. He's unpredictable. I know he likes to promote, but like Fury knows, we've been trying to fight him for a while. His team knows that. He knows that. He's just trying to promote. We've been doing it for four years, whether it's social media, I've been over to the UK, it's time to put up and shut up."

"I walked up in his face, but I'm a cool guy, man. It don't bother me. I did the job. I got the job done, what I was supposed to do tonight. I know he's trying to promote. I didn't find it disrespectful. It's Fury. Come on, man. This guy does all kinds of stuff. It's exciting, it's interesting, and it's good for the sport of boxing. That's how I look at it. It's good for the sport."

on going to Russia to fight Povetkin: "I've been to Russia. It's time to welcome him to the United States of America. I don't think he's fought here yet, and we all know to have that big name, you must get the American fans on your side. I'm looking forward to getting him out of his zone and to come to America. It's too cold in Russia."

"I'm very patient, I've learned to be patient. Most of the time I hit him with the right hand, my positioning wasn't right, I wasn't stable enough to hit him, due to his awkward style. I didn't want to get too cautious, but I didn't want to lean in and take risks. I knew when it was time for it to happen, it was gonna happen. I knew I would catch him, and I did."

"It wasn't difficult (to land the jab), again, it was his style. Just his movement and the thing he was doing. We had many southpaws in camp and I had no problem with them and the jab, it was just one of those nights. I don't think every fight can be pretty, I don't think every fight is gonna be my best. If I were grading myself, I'd give myself a low five. But that just comes with it, it's a part of boxing. Sometimes you're gonna look good, sometimes you're gonna look bad. I wasn't satisfied with my performance tonight. I gave the people what they wanted. When you come to see heavyweights, you come to see the knockout. Tonight was a devastating knockout. I delivered that part."

"(Wilder-Fury) will be the biggest heavyweight fight in a long time. And I will go to the UK for that one. That's for sure. I got a lot of fans over there, too. When that happens, I think it will be the biggest. We've been promoting this thing for four years. I could say a lot of things about Fury, but I'm not gonna spoil it. I'm waiting for the big moment. This is gonna be a fight as big as the hype. I can't wait, man. I'm not playing around in 2016. I'm not playing around with nobody. No matter if they wanna act like they're big and bad, and talk -- it's one thing to talk, it's another thing when you get in the ring.

"With Fury, I'm not gonna have no remorse. I'm not gonna have no sympathy for him. I'm gonna want to really, really, really hurt him."

"Whoever has the belts -- like I said, my goal is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. So whoever has the rest of the belts, that's who I want. People want to see the great fights, let's make them happen. Whoever has 'em. That's who I want. In the heavyweight division, there are fewer fighters, so I can't fight the best all the time. This isn't like the welterweight or middleweight or junior middleweight, where you have so many great guys. It's a small division. But whoever has the titles, that's who I want."

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