Michael “The Bounty” Hunter (19-1-1, 13 KOs) spoke on his upcoming battle and cleared the air on questions on the subject of why he’s not preventing Filip Hrgovich subsequent.
Jake Paul has change into a sizzling matter amongst the boxing media of late, in addition to one of many greatest influencers within the social media world. Are you able to discuss your expertise with him?
Jake is an efficient man. I’ve been within the health club with him a number of instances in Miami, Florida, and Las Vegas, Nevada. I loved attending his final battle the place he knocked out Ben Askren just lately in Atlanta. I used to be impressed with Jake’s efficiency and we frolicked proper after the battle. Individuals aren’t giving Jake sufficient credit score for a way a lot he’s improved as a boxer in such a short while.
Are you able to please communicate in your upcoming battle?
Sure, completely! I’m excited to announce that I will probably be preventing on the large Triller card June nineteenth. I believe Triller is the most effective platform for sports activities and leisure. I’m dedicated to having my subsequent battle on Triller and need to win the world heavyweight championship on Triller.
Who will you be preventing?
I will probably be preventing Mike Wilson. I had a alternative between two good fights. One versus Wilson or versus Filip Hrgovich. Clearly the Wilson battle on the Triller platform was the higher possibility. The Wilson battle is a WBA eliminator and pays greater than the Hrgovich battle and it’s a part of very effectively paying two-fight deal. The battle with Hrgovich didn’t have a safe date and will have landed in Hrgovich’s dwelling of Croatia or one other website location in Europe. The place Triller has a agency date of June nineteenth in Miami Florida.
What had been your ideas once you learn within the press that you just probably had been avoiding preventing Hrgovich?
It was disappointing that so many members of the boxing press wrote about my choice with out even asking me. I’m not shocked as, sadly, that is one thing that occurs in boxing. I’m simply dissatisfied they didn’t communicate to me straight about what actually occurred. Eddie Hearn is a good promoter and nice at spin, however he is aware of he made a low bid and that I had higher presents. He is aware of what I made with him on our final battle collectively and different presents. Eddie knew they didn’t really need the battle with me. I’ve by no means backed down from any problem and have fought the likes of former world champions Oleksandr Usyk, Alexander Povetkin, and others which might be extra completed.
What are you aware about your opponent Mike Wilson?
I do know so much about him. We fought within the amateurs. He’s a three-time Nationwide Novice Champion. He was on the USA Crew. He represented America at heavyweight. He’s solely misplaced one battle as a professional by choice and he received the NABA cruiserweight title. We’re each now top-ranked heavyweights within the WBA rankings. He and I are virtually precisely the identical dimension. Our careers have been very related. I like preventing greater, slower guys like Hrgovic, so Mike Wilson is a bit trickier as a result of he’s fast however I’ll battle anybody.
How has your preparation been in your upcoming battle?
I’m coaching laborious right here in Las Vegas. I had some good sparring with Tyson Fury. It was nice and I’m in wonderful form. I’ve stayed within the health club and stayed prepared.
There have been among the greatest names in boxing historical past who’ve held the WBA heavyweight title. What would it not imply so that you can win the title?
I’m preventing in a WBA eliminator and for the WBA Continental America’s title I received beforehand. I couldn’t be happier! After this battle, I would like Trevor Bryan, Mahmoud Charr or ought to say – even Anthony Joshua. I would like the WBA heavyweight championship belt that Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and lots of different nice champs have held. I would like all of the belts after that.