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Alabama's Deontay Wilder Seeking World Heavyweight Title

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Thirty men have entered the ring with Heavy Weight contender Deontay Wilder and 30 men have hit the mat.

Knock outs. All of 'em.

You don't want to pick a fight with Deontay Wilder.

What is it that Deontay wants in his life?

"Deontay wants to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world," he says.

Of the world.

And he could come one step closer Saturday night in Puerto Rico.

That's where Wilder will enter the ring for what has been his biggest bout so far, a fight with seasoned heavyweight Malik Scott, with the winner likely to advance to the world heavyweight championship title match-up.

"My one mission for me is to seek and destroy," says Wilder, "and I do they job well. Whatever the job I have, I do it well. I don't play around."

Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, inherited the name "The Bronze Bomber" after winning a bronze medal during the Summer Olympics in 2008.

Then came the string of 30 uninterrupted knockouts, that Wilder says, have actually worked against him.

Weak opponents, declared critics. Tomato cans, they cried.

"Nobody is doing what I'm doing, they aw, he's not fighting anybody," Wilder says.

So they think it's a gimmick?

"Correct," he nods, "or hand picked or cherry picked for padding my record. Keep in mind that I'm knocking everybody out. People don't understand how in the world he's doing it."

Saturday night's fight will be the real test, say doubters.

That's ok, says Wilder.

He's had his detractors before... even on the playground as a kid, when bullies decided he was a good target.

They were wrong.

"People used to pick on me and I always won," he recalls. "I didn't know why. I was the quiet kid on the block."

Just walk away, the principal told him.

"And I said, ok. I'll walk away. And I tried to walk away one time and it got me choked and I never walked away again!" he says, grinning.

So now, Deontay Wilder isn't about to walk away from his critics.

He's learned to talk tough, hit hard, and stand tall.

The unbelievers will soon believe, he says... and those who already believe, he has a message for you, too.

"But Deontay is still Deontay any given day," he says, leaning forward and smiling. "You see me out on the streets, come up and talk to me. Even out to eat, don't hesitate to come talk to me."

Wilder actually had planned for a different future.

He always had hoped to play football or basketball for the University of Alabama, but instead, enrolled at a local community college to learn a trade to support his daughter, who was born with Spinal Biffida... and that's where he took up boxing.

If Wilder defeats Scott in Puerto Rico Saturday night, the next stop is likely to be the winner of the Bermane Stiverne vs. Chris Arreola match-up set for May.