Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder flies to Puerto Rico Tuesday in advance of his fight with Malik Scott, but made time to meet and work with the youth of rural Coffeeville, Alabama before departing. Wilder has a gym and training camp in the impoverished woodlands.
"We always start and finish camp in Coffeeville," said Wilder. "It's a tradition and it keeps my focus right. The young people here lost their school so we turned it into a boxing gym and now they have somewhere to go. These kids are hungry to be somebody. I've always been the same way."
Wilder takes on Scott Saturday at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon Puerto Rico. The fight will be televised in America by Showtime. Wilder, 30-0 (30ko) and Scott, 36-1-1 (13ko) will vie for the opportunity to fight for a World title. The winner of this elimination match becomes the mandatory challenger for the WBC belt. Currently the WBC title is vacant since Champion Vitali Klitschko retired. Chris Arreola and Bermaine Stiverne will rematch with the winner being declared Champion. Stiverne beat Arreola by wide decision in their first meeting.
Team Wilder, which consists of longtime Coach Jay Deas, Mark Breland, Russ Anber and Cuz Hill took part in the "Fan Day" festivities in Coffeeville.
"It's a good way to give back. There's talent down here and these kids just need a chance to do positive things with their lives. If we can help a little we're glad to do so," said Russ Anber.
"For a teenager from a town with 300 people to get training from Mark Breland and Russ Anber is fantastic and will set that kid on fire to train hard and live right," said Jay Deas.
"We always look forward to coming here. There's no distractions and the people are good to us. We'll definitely be back!", said Mark Breland.