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Deontay Wilder is the Future of the Heavyweight Division

Updated on November 12, 2016

Deontay Wilder Won a Bronze Medal in the Olympics

Deontay Wilder had a very short but very successful amateur career culminating in him winning a Bronze Medal in the Olympics.
Deontay Wilder had a very short but very successful amateur career culminating in him winning a Bronze Medal in the Olympics. | Source

Amateur Career of Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder may have had a short amateur career but sure was super successful. In 2007, Wilder won the National Golden Gloves and the US Championships. Deontay Wilder went on to win a Bronze medal in the 2008 Olympic Games. Wilder did not begin the sport until he turned 19 and he needed this experience to prepare him for the journey that lie ahead in the pro game. Deontay Wilder had a few setbacks during his amateur career but ultimately he overcame to capture a medal for the United States.

He was a late starter and it did not come easy but his hard work paid off and he learned fast.

Mr. Wilder's Top Wins

Bermane Stiverne
Chris Arreola
Artur Szpilka
Siarhei Liakhovich
Malik Scott
Owen Beck
 
Kelvin Price
 
 
 
 
Seven of Deontay Wilder's best ring victories.

Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne

The Bronze Bomber won a clear unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne to become the WBC heavyweight champion of the world
The Bronze Bomber won a clear unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne to become the WBC heavyweight champion of the world | Source

Professional Career

Deontay Wilder, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has a current professional record standing at: 37 wins, no losses and 36 of those wins coming via KO! Critics say Wilder didn't box any good boxers on his way to the title but he beat two undefeated fighters. They include: Damon McCreary and Kelvin Price who were both touted prospects. Besides those two Wilder also knocked out Malik Scott, Siarhei Liakhovich and Owen Beck.

Wilder sets his power shots up with a punishing jab and he uses distance to launch long range assaults. He has taken a few shots and he has sloppy footwork at times that needs tightening up.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Exchange Words (Video)

Deontay Wilder vs. Artur Szpilka

Deontay Wilder scores a brutal KO win over Artur Szpilka which left him leaving the squared circle on a medical stretcher.
Deontay Wilder scores a brutal KO win over Artur Szpilka which left him leaving the squared circle on a medical stretcher. | Source

Championship Reign

Deontay Wilder won the WBC heavyweight title by dominating Bermane Stiverne and easily winning a 12 round unanimous decision in 2015. He has made 4 defenses through the nearly two years he has held the crown. All 4 opponents were knockout victims including Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas, Artur Szpilka and Chris Arreola.

Eric Molina took too much punishment on his way to the mat and Johann Duhaupas was brave but got cut up and out classed. Artur Szpilka left on a stretcher and poor Chris Arreola should have never even been there in the first place. Anyone that wants to criticize Wilder's competition as champion needs to remember that Wilder was signed to fight Alexander Povetkin until the Russian contender failed a drug test.

Deontay Wilder VS Anthony Joshua

Who do you believe would win a boxing match between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua?

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WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World!!

Deontay Wilder, as of 2016, has a record standing at 37 wins, 36 knockouts and zero losses.
Deontay Wilder, as of 2016, has a record standing at 37 wins, 36 knockouts and zero losses. | Source

Strengths

Deontay Wilder has lots of strengths but here are the main ones he has.

Height and Reach: Wilder stands at 6 feet 7 inches and his nearly 83 inch reach keep him at a distance whenever he chooses.

Jab: Wilder has an accurate, fast and powerful jab, which is his bread and butter. Wilder can build points and keep his opponents at bay or he can use it with force to set up his devastating right cannon.

Power: Wilder has A+ power without a doubt as evidenced by his record of 36 knockouts in 37 bouts.

Bronze Bomber

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder vs. Eric Molina

Deontay Wilder hit Eric Molina with every punch in the book before getting the stoppage win while defending his heavyweight title.
Deontay Wilder hit Eric Molina with every punch in the book before getting the stoppage win while defending his heavyweight title. | Source

Weaknesses

Deontay Wilder is undefeated and has not shown many weak moments but here are a few weaknesses that the right boxer could exploit. His main issues are is that he doesn't go to the body and he needs to shore up his defense and improve his footwork.

Deontay Hits the Mitts!

Deontay Wilder and trainer Mark Breland workout using the punch mitts in preparation for an upcoming bout.
Deontay Wilder and trainer Mark Breland workout using the punch mitts in preparation for an upcoming bout. | Source

Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua?

How do you see a fight between undefeated champions, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua? Joshua won a Gold medal in the 2012 Olympics and he looks solid but he has not faced anyone of note and at this point, remains unproven in the pro ranks. I believe Wilder would win by either late knockout or 12 round decision at this point in their careers.

Deontay Wilder vs. Johann Duhaupas

Wilder landed jabs and rights hands all fight until finally scoring a TKO victory.
Wilder landed jabs and rights hands all fight until finally scoring a TKO victory. | Source

Wilder vs. Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury did beat Vladimir Klitschko for the heavyweight championship and for that we must give him his do. At the same time it was a horrid performance by Fury and he has been dropped and hurt numerous times and Wilder would likely win this bout by knockout. Both men have an average defense but Fury has average power and Wilder has dynamite in both fists.

Birthplace of Mr. Wilder (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Wilder vs Luis Ortiz

It kills me to say this but Luis Ortiz should be a slight favorite over Deontay Wilder at this juncture. Give "The Bronze Bomber" 3 fights and maybe I will change my opinion. As of now though, Ortiz is a tall, Cuban amateur star who is southpaw and has excellent boxing skills and devastating power that at least matches Wilder's. I think Ortiz would win a close and competitive 12 round decision with both men possible getting rocked or dropped.

Deontay Wilder Knockout Highlights (Video)

Deontay Wilder vs. Kelvin Price

Deontay Wilder knocked out Kelvin Price who at the time was undefeated.
Deontay Wilder knocked out Kelvin Price who at the time was undefeated. | Source

Final Thoughts on the Champion

I think Deontay Wilder has knockout power in both hands and a "Larry Holmes" like jab. Also, at 6 feet 7 inches tall with a 83 inch reach, this guy has size advantages on most occasions. He uses his distance well and he also has fast hands with descent accuracy. I believe, the ever improving, Wilder will be able to tole the likes of Fury, Joshua and with a little more experience even King Kong Ortiz. I have seen Deontay Wilder fight numerous times, first when he was a new professional and twice as champion defending his crown in Birmingham, Alabama.

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© 2016 Buster Johnson

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