Without much on Andrzej Wawrzyk’s resume but victories over mostly older warhorses, he’s been chosen to fight for a world title on February 25 against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) on February 25 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The 6’5” Wawrzyk has the size to compete with the 6’7” Wilder, but not the punching power or the athleticism.
That’s the downside to what the 29-year-old Wawrzyk has going against him in this encounter. He’s been selected for the fight but he doesn’t have the needed boxing skills to get the job done against Deontay. It’s unfortunate, because this could be the only chance Wawrzyk will ever get to fight for a world title in his career.
Wawrzyk isn’t fight the caliber of opposition needed for him to move up to the No.1 spot in a million years. If Wawrzyk loses badly to Wilder on February 25, it should knock him from the top 15, and put him light years away from getting another title shot. It’s just as well. Title shots should be reserved for fighters that have at least a sliver of a chance of winning a title belt, and I don’t see Wawrzyk as being able to do that.
Up until now, the best opposition that Wawrzyk has fought have come from this group of heavyweights:
The only high good fighter out of the bunch is former WBA heavyweight champion Povetkin, who annihilated Wawrzyk in three rounds in 2013. Yes, that fight took place 3 years ago in Russia, but Wawrzyk hasn’t improved from what I can see. He still appears to be the same fighter now compared to what he was back then.
“I’m extremely motivated to fight for the heavyweight title against a great fighter like Deontay Wilder,” said Wawrzyk. “Fighting for the world title has always been my dream. To fight against such a great athlete as Wilder is an extremely difficult challenge, but one I am ready for. I have trained for this since I was a teenager. On February 25 I will step into the ring ready to fight and win against the most dangerous man on the planet.”
The 31-year-old Wilder is taking the fight against Wawrzyk, because he’s coming off of an arm injury to his right arm that he hurt in his last fight against Chris Arreola last July. Wilder suffered a torn right biceps muscle and fractured right hand in winning by an 8th round TKO in a voluntary defense of his WBC title.
Wilder vs. Wawrzyk will be shown on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox and Fox Deportes on February 25. The results of the Wilder- Wawrzyk could lead to a unification match between Wilder and the winner of the Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko fight.
This is one of those fights where you don’t want to walk away from the television set to get something from the refrigerator, because you might miss the entire fight. Deontay Wilder is likely to destroy Wawrzyk in one or two rounds, depending on when he wants this fight to end. It’s a mismatch, a bad one.