The heavyweight division got interesting again when Tyson Fury defeated long-time champ Wladimir Klitschko. Fury is now the WBA title holder, but more importantly, the linear champ i.e. the true champ. Citizens of the United States should be pleased that not one, but two of their own has pieces of the heavyweight title; Charles Martin captured the vacant IBF title recently and Deontay Wilder who captured the WBC championship from Bermaine Stiverne. I don’t want to discuss the other fighters, because they don’t capture my attention like the potential of Deontay Wilder. And now the truth about this 6 foot 7 inch, 228 pound, chiseled fighter from Tuscaloosa, Alabama…
He’s very beatable. Now before you send hate mail, let me explain – there will actually be some complimentary words in this post.
Deontay Wilder has many attributes that other fighters in the sport can only dream about. He’s tall, has a long reach, and has power, especially in that right hand. The problem is he rarely uses his height and reach to his advantage. He relies on infighting and when his man is hurt, starts to throw wide, wild punches. The crowd and viewers love it when fighters throw caution to the wind, but as someone who is more than just a fan, someone who participated in the sport both inside and outside of the ring, I am often disappointed from Wilder’s fights. Having those attributes, he should be taking his time and pumping that jab to create an opening for the straight right hand. He did that in the seventh round of the Stiverne fight and almost knocked him out. Sadly, instead of following up with straight lefts & right combinations while using his reach, he crowds Stiverne and proceeds to throw wild bombs that don’t land cleanly. He tends to do that quite a bit and while that works on many of his opponents, he is at a place in his career where he will be fighting the absolute best. Guys like David Haye can take advantage of Wilder’s recklessness.
Long story short, Deontay Wilder is going to fight someone who is better at fighting on the inside than he is. This someone will be rolling underneath those wide shots, countering, and not just covering up to absorb blows. Wilder could prolong his time with the title if he would pump the jab like the piston of a car and throw straight right hands from long range.
And for goodness sakes, stop dropping that left when you jab!