Eddie Hearn believes Wilder vs anyone is still a good fight
Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-2-1, 41ko) lost in a war against WBC champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (31-0-2, 22ko) via eleventh round knockout. Fans inside the boxing community immediately were wondering if the Alabaman power-puncher was going to fight again.
Wilder showed tremendous heart and went out on his shield, which garnered him respect among the boxing community. On September 25, unified champion Oleksandr Uysk (19-0, 13ko) dethroned Anthony “AJ” Joshua (24-2. 22ko), and although there is a rematch clause, win or lose, fans would still like to see Joshua and Wilder lock horns.
POWER IS A BIG FACTOR
British promoter Eddie Hearn finds interest in seeing Joshua do battle with Wilder. During an interview on the DAZN boxing show, Hearn made it clear that there are several fights fans would want to see Wilder in and why.
“I think people would like to see Wilder against everybody. He is never going to be in a bad fight. He is either going to end up on his back or knocking someone out. Dillian Whyte would do exactly the same to him that Tyson did…But he could also get knocked out.”
“I feel like AJ is much too sharp, much too good combination, much good technician for him, but, could also get knocked out. Oleksandr Usyk would school Deontay Wilder, but could also get knocked out. Deontay will always be live in any fight he is in.”
Wilder’s power is the reason why the intrigue remains in most fans wanting to see him fight again. Furthermore, his only two losses are to who many consider the best heavyweight of this era in Fury.
STAMINA IS BECOMING AN ISSUE
Before the former champion steps back into the ring, he first needs to address the stamina issue that was apparent in both Fury fights. Wilder came in at his heaviest weight in the last two fights against Fury, 231 pounds, and 238 pounds. Before those fights, the power-punching heavyweight typically lingered around 215-225 pounds.
His stamina was never an issue at the lower weight. Moreover, he needs to build his legs. His legs did not look sturdy at all, and he was gasping for air early in the fight. One of the reasons for this is due to him adding more muscle to the upper body without building up his leg for foundational support.
Wilder suffered another broken hand. So going forward, it will be interesting to see if this affects his power at all. There is a growing interest in the boxing community in wanting the Alabaman to fight again.
Like him or hate him, Wilder’s fights are exciting, and his power can change the course of a fight in a blink of an eye.
By: Garrisson Bland