Fast-talking Alabama heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder stretched his record to 40 wins from 40 professional fights with the brutal 10th round TKO of Cuban Luis Ortiz in March 2018. What’s more, no less than 39 of those victories have come inside the distance, yet still many doubt his form.
Critics say Wilder is too scrappy and could be out-boxed and out-thought all too easily by a top-level opponent who was able to take his power. Now, it’s difficult to argue against those points as The Bronze Bomber — WBC heavyweight champion — is about as far removed from Muhammad Ali’s take on the noble art as you’d like to see, but one thing’s for certain; he gets results.
A unification bout with the winner of Joshua vs Parker is said to be in the pipeline with Britain’s hard-hitting golden boy expected to defeat Joseph Parker at 1/8, before ridding the game of Wilder, but don’t be too quick to ignore what the towering 6ft 7inch puncher brings to the table.
Below is a look at two Deontay Wilder fights that show what he has to offer…..
Luis Ortiz – 3-3-2018
With a man who seems to improve with every bout, what better place to start than with his most-recent outing? Plenty close to the sport of boxing had Luis Ortiz picked to put Wilder back in his box, and it was no surprise to see many side with a fighter who achieved everything as an amateur and rhymed off a 28-fight unbeaten record in the pro game. But things didn’t go to plan for the Cuban.
Yes, he out-boxed Wilder — as we all knew he would — but heavyweight boxing is won and lost on big shots and a man picked off with cute jabs and flashy combinations always has a chance to level things up with that one blow. Wilder always has a chance to knock his opponent out, be it in the opening seconds of the first round or the dying stages of the last. He’s awkward but it works, and Ortiz was down twice in round 10 before being saved by the referee.
Bermane Stiverne – 17-01-2015
Vegas resident Stiverne remains the only man to have taken Wilder the distance and it was no fluke either. The gladiator born in Plaine-du-Nord proved they breed them hard down that way, standing up to the frightening power of the boxer in the opposite corner and asking him a few questions along the way. Bermane now boasts a record of 25-3-1 and has beaten some of the division’s better fighters, including Chris Arreola.
An impressive performance from the beaten man but there was no question about the winner, as Wilder ended on the right side of a wide points margin — 120-107 on one card. As well as proving his fitness and ability to box his way to the nod, Deontay settled the score when knocking Stiverne out inside a round in a 2017 rematch.