Wilder had some big words of encouragement for the kids.
Deontay Wilder is one of the best heavyweight fighters in the world with many people wanting to see him fight Anthony Joshua. Wilder is also known as the "Bronze Bomber" and has one of the heaviest punches in the world right now. On Monday, Wilder was in New York City where he hit up the P.S. 288 Elementary School where he delivered a speech as part of the "Game of Life" program. Wilder brought a ton of energy and spoke with the kind of passion you would expect from a heavyweight champion.
"I'm here to say I was just like you young guys, just in a different state, in a different city, different environment. Every time I woke, there was negativity," Wilder said. "But, with you guys, you guys are powerful. Your words are powerful. The things you speak, the things you think. Your surroundings that you surround yourself around every day is powerful. And, I want you guys to know that."
In the footage obtained by TMZ, Wilder goes on to say "It took me 11 years to get here. Many people died near me. Many people labeled me as statistics to society. 'You ain't gonna do nothing, you're bad.'"
It's clear that Wilder has a future in motivational speaking once his boxing career comes to an end. You have to admit it's pretty admirable that he would go down his road. He definitely delivered a great message to these kids.