Deontay Wilder admits he’s more loved in the UK than America

Deontay Wilder wishes he was as loved in the US as he is in Yorkshire.

Wilder has “brothers”, as he calls his close friends, in Yorkshire, going back to when he beat Audley Harrison at Sheffield Arena in 2013.

He brought Batley to a standstill when he visited in August to open a restaurant and he feels more respected in Britain than he does in America, where he claims being black is an issue.

“Most definitely I feel loved in the UK,” said the unbeaten WBC champ. “I never forget that, you’re drawn back to that place. I wish people were like that in America.

“This country is supposed to be so diverse, but this is not one nation. They say we’re one nation under God with liberty and justice, it’s not true.



Wilder claims he has a better following overseas than in the US
Wilder claims he has a better following overseas than in the US

“Even some Americans can be lured into supporting a foreigner rather than their own. That’s how America is built. It will always be difficult, it will always be hard.”

Wilder enjoys the warmth he feels from Yorkshire people and is close to former Sheffield heavyweight Richard Towers.

“I have brothers in Sheffield,” he said. “Friends is a loose term for me. I have associates and I have brothers. Those guys in Sheffield are my brothers. They adopted me.



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“I’m an energy person. I have a sixth sense and most times my feelings about people are never wrong.

“Sometimes when I meet people their energy connects with mine. With Richard, it was the same, instant bonds, instant brotherhood. It’s been going on since then and these guys are my brothers. They’re with me for life.”

Wilder has the opportunity to score a win over the only opponent he is yet to beat in his professional career on Saturday.

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