Michael Hunter: “I Think That I’ll Stop Wilder Very Early!”

Michael Hunter feels beating Deontay Wilder would be easy work

Michael Hunter, Deontay Wilder
Michael Hunter (left), Deontay Wilder

Michael Hunter feels beating Deontay Wilder would be easy work

When it comes to the sport of boxing it pays to have a wealth of confidence. Some would say that you haven’t got a shot at success if you don’t ooze with self-belief. Luckily for heavyweight contender Michael “The Bounty” Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KO’s), this is not a problem! In his opinion, he is destined to be a world heavyweight champion, but he just has to get the right fights first. Hunter was recently met with disappointment when his June 19 fight was canceled.

The Bounty was going to compete against Mike Wilson (21-1, 10 KO’s) on the undercard of Teofimo Lopez versus George Kambosos. Unfortunately the entire card was pushed back to August 18 when Lopez tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, as he told IFL TV, Hunter was able to take the setback in stride.

“You know it was kind of a good thing for me because, like I’ve said, I’ve never really had a full camp anyway. So the more time they give me, the worse off it is for the opponent. So to me I just look at it like that.”


Looking toward the future, Hunter is firm in his belief that his skills make him a tough out for any fighter. When questioned about how he would fair in a prizefight with former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, the Bounty was no less self-assured. A great deal of his bravado stems from having worked with Wilder in the past.

“I think that I’ll stop Wilder very early! Me and him were Olympic teammates and I was a heavyweight and he was a cruiserweight. So that was my only sparring partner and me and him both know what’s happening. But its just a fan base situation, you know what I am saying?”

Of course Hunter would love to have his day in the ring with Wilder to validate his claims, but a bout of that magnitude remains a bit out of reach. Until he gets to the level of acclaim where he can sign for those fights, The Bounty must continue winning in the meantime. So, up next is Mike Wilson this August 18 on Triller!

By: Bakari Simpson

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