After nearly a year as the WBC Heavyweight Champion, Deontay Wilder is preparing for another title defense on January 16 in Brooklyn, New York. 

The Tuscaloosa native sat down with Showtime Sports to talk about his growth as a fighter and his goals for the future.

“Keep fighting, sooner or later celebrate," Wilder said. "Keep fighting, keep winning, keep knocking guys out. Once you keep doing those things, you can’t be denied, no matter what. I think unifying the titles … Once you have that strong American heavyweight to unify the division, to hold all the titles, that’s when I feel true stardom will come. Once I unify the division, I think it’ll be a dramatic change.’’

Wilder will face Polish challenger Artur Szpilka at the Barclays Center next Saturday and it will be televised live by Showtime at 9 PM.