Deontay Wilder has a secret weapon for Saturday fight: his sixth sense

Deontay Wilder, who will defend his WBC heavyweight title Saturday night in a rematch against Luis Ortiz, says he’s more than a boxer with a vicious right hand that has delivered 40 knockouts in 42 fights.

“A lot of people don’t know that I have a sixth sense,’’ Wilder told USA TODAY Sports this week. “With the sixth sense, that’s your intuition, that’s something that God’s given to us. You know, our inner self, it’s a feeling that you can feel.

“Many of us have been through situations where, like, we felt like something was going to happen, and it actually happened. And you’d be like, ‘I knew something, I just felt like it was going to happen.’ That was your intuition, warning you, telling you certain things, and it does it all the time.’’

If Deontay Wilder wins Saturday, he will be in position for a lucrative rematch against Tyson Fury. (Photo: David A. Smith, Getty Images)

Wilder said he discovered he had a sixth sense when as an adult he suddenly felt a powerful urge to cry and to fight as the image of someone he knew flashed in front of his eyes. Wilder said he immediately called the person and learned that minutes earlier the person’s house had been raided by law enforcement.

“It was crazy, and that really blew my mind,’’ said Wilder, adding that he was channeling the emotions of the other person. “At that point in time I really started listening to myself, listening to certain things that come to me. You know, even if it was the weirdest thing, because everything has a meaning to it. Nothing happens that doesn’t have some type of meaning.’’

Though Wilder is known for his boisterous ways, he said he sets aside quiet time to connect to his sixth sense.

“You don’t know yourself until you really just take the time to mediate and get to know yourself,’’ he said.

With meditation, Wilder said he taps into his sixth sense to anticipate events, such as what to expect with upcoming fights.

With a lucrative rematch against Tyson Fury hanging in the balance, Wilder (41-0-1) could have coasted against a lesser opponent. Instead, he agreed to rematch against Ortiz (31-1, 26 KOs).

In March 2018, the experienced Cuban heavyweight had Wilder on the ropes during the seventh round before Wilder rallied with a 10th-round knockout. Wilder has heard people calling the rematch risky for him.

“That’s an accurate statement," he said. “It’s risky. If I wasn’t involved in risks, my last name wouldn’t be Wilder."

But what does Wilder’s sixth sense say? What has his sixth sense told him about how things will play out Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas in a fight that will be live streamed on Fox pay-per-view?

“I haven’t fully meditated on this fight," he said. “But when it’s getting closer, I will take that time where I’m laying in the bed by myself and be able to have that time alone to myself to be able to go deep in my mind to do that."

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