Heavyweight Deontay Wilder set to fight again in Alabama


WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is set to fight again in his home state.

Jody McCormack, interim CEO of the Alabama Athletic Association, said Monday that Wilder’s team has filed paperwork to fight Sept. 26 in the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

AL.com first reported the fight.

A person familiar with the situation says Wilder will fight Frenchman Johan Duhaupas. The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Wilder’s opponent has not been announced.

Wilder knocked out Eric Molina in the ninth round in his first title defense in June. That fight was held at the smaller Bartow Arena.

Wilder, who is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is 34-0 with 33 knockouts.

Duhaupas is 32-2 with 20 knockouts. He won a split decision over Manuel Charr in April.