Deontay Wilder listens to old-school funk during training

Deontay Wilder/Photo courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions


Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) will take on journeyman Jason Gavern (25-16-4, 11 KOs) in somewhat of a stay-busy fight Saturday at StubHub Center on the undercard of the welterweight title fight between champion Shawn Porter and Kell Brook (on Showtime).

Wilder was asked recently about his training camp habits, and it was somewhat surprising to hear what kind of music the 28-year-old from Tuscaloosa, Ala. listens to while he’s working.


“We hit the bags for a couple of rounds and listen to some old-school funk while we get warmed up,” he said.

You just won’t find a lot of guys Wilder’s age who say they listen to old-school funk. That’s more along the lines of something yours truly would listen to, and I’m 57.

Gotta love it.

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