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Deontay Wilder is a win away from title shot

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Deontay Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, is closing in on his long awaited title shot. (AP Photo, File) Deontay Wilder, of Tuscaloosa, is closing in on his long awaited title shot. (AP Photo, File)

Deontay Wilder is closing in on his long awaited title shot.

The Tuscaloosa boxer will fight Malik Scott in Puerto Rico this spring in what is being called a title eliminator, which means the winner gets shot at the WBC heavyweight crown.

"The winner of this fight here will be the next mandatory for the winner of Arreola-Stiverne," Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told the Tuscaloosa News. "The WBC rules stipulate that when two fighters fight for a vacant title, they will have to do an immediate mandatory and the winner of Deontay Wilder and Malik Scott will be that mandatory."

Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola will fight for the WBC title later this year. There is not a current title holder for the belt after Vitali Klitschko vacated the title earlier this month.

"(The Arreola-Stiverne winner) will have to fight (Wilder) whether they like it or not, they have to," Schaefer told the Tuscaloosa News. "We have worked toward this (title shot) and now we are getting there."

Wilder won the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games. His professional record is 30-0 with 30 knockouts and he's ranked the No. 3 heavyweight in the world.

Wilder will fight Malik Scott (36-1-1) in Puerto Rico on March 15.