Deontay Wilder Adding Excitement to Boxing’s Heavyweight Division

It’s a very exciting time for the Heavyweight division in boxing. This is thanks in part to three heavyweights who all claim they are the best heavyweight on the planet. The boxers are Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, and Anthony Joshua. Both Fury and Joshua are from the UK, while Deontay Wilder is from Tuscaloosa Alabama.

Wilder got a very late start on boxing. After his daughter was diagnosed with spina bifida Wilder decided to turn all his attention to boxing in order to pay for his daughter’s medical bills. Wilder made the United States Olympic boxing team only a year and a half after he first started boxing.

Wilder even won a bronze medal in the Olympics that year. Wilder made his pro debut back in 2008 on November fifth against Ethan Cox. Wilder only needed 2 rounds to knockout Cox and it was clear Wilder possessed some freakish power. Wilder would go on to win every pro fight after that ending most of them by vicious knockout. Wilder’s first big test came against another heavyweight with devastating power.

Luis “King Kong” Ortiz was set to take on Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title on March 3rd 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn New York. Fans were on the edge of their seats the whole fight. Both men were throwing haymakers but it was clear Wilder was the more powerful puncher.

Wilder dropped Ortiz multiple times in the fight. Luis Ortiz showed off his toughness by getting back to his feet after the knockdowns. Ortiz even rallied back at one point and had Wilder staggered on his feet.

When it was all said and done Wilder battled through adversity and finished Ortiz via TKO in the tenth round.

Wilders next test would come against the lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. This was the first time in a while that boxing fans in the United States have been this excited for a heavyweight boxing match.

The build up to the fight was great as both Wilder and Fury we’re trading insults back and forth at multiple interviews and press conferences. When the fight started it was clear Tyson Fury was way more technical than Wilder.

Wilder kept loading up on his punches trying to knockout Fury with every punch he threw. It was a close fight but it was clear that Fury would be on his way to victory if he could keep out boxing Wilder.

That was until the 12 round when Wilder hit Fury with a beautiful right hand followed by a vicious left hook. It looked the fight was clearly over but Fury showed off his toughness and got back to his feet.

The fight went to a decision and the judges scored it a draw. Both fighters wanted a rematch but they made sure to call out Anthony Joshua in their post fight interviews.

Wilder’s next opponent was Dominic Breazeale. There was a lot of bad blood between these two and Wilder showed that during the fight. Wilder knocked Breazeale out cold in round 2 and it blew up on social media.

Deontay Wilder, left, knocks down Dominic Breazeale during the first round of the WBC heavyweight championship boxing match Saturday, May 18, 2019, in New York. Wilder won in the first round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) ORG XMIT: NYFF127

The heavyweight division is at it’s best when you have fighters with compelling personalities and devastating power, and Deontay Wilder is a prime example of that.

Anthony Joshua is the IBF World Heavyweight Champion, the WBO World Heavyweight Champion, and WBA Super World Heavyweight Champion his next fight is against Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1st at Madison Square Garden. Wilder is talking about a rematch with Luis Ortiz.

If Joshua gets passed Ruiz Jr. and Wilder beats Ortiz in their potential rematch, it would set up one of the biggest heavyweight fights in boxing history. A fight between Wilder and Joshua is long over due and boxing owes it to the fans to give us this blockbuster fight.

-Stephen Caloggero (@stevie_calo)

 

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