WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he wants to fight a unification match against WBO champion Joseph Parker in his next fight after his title defense on February 25 against Andrezj Wawrzyk at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Wilder, 31, has been keen to fight a unification match with one of the heavyweight champions for over a year. Wilder initially wanted to face Tyson Fury when he was the WBA/WBO heavyweight champion, but Fury was trapped in a rematch clause with Wladimir Klitschko and he ended up vacating all of his titles after testing positive for a banned substance.
Parker recently won the WBO title in beating Andy Ruiz Jr. last December. Parker has his first defense on April 8 against Hughie Fury. That’s a likely win for Parker if he can get to Hughie’s chin with one of his big power shots.
“When I heard that I immediately called my people and said if all goes well with this fight I have in February, I have no injuries and my hand is healed and can take 100 per cent impact on it as well, then I want that fight (Parker) next,” Wilder told 78SPORTSTV. “They are talking about fighting in April and I’d love to come back and fight again in April.”
I think Wilder is a little off if he thinks he’s going to get a fight against Wawrzyk on February 25, and then a unification fight against Parker on April 8. Boxing doesn’t work that way. Parker and his promoters aren’t going to sign on for a unification fight against Wilder for April 8 without being absolutely certain that he’ll get out of the Wawrzyk title defense with a win and without any injuries.
Wilder has already shown himself to be a brittle fighter. He’s not doing a good job of staying healthy. In the last two years alone, Wilder has fractured his right hand TWICE. In his last fight against Chris Arreola, Wilder fractured his right hand and tore his right biceps. At this point, Wilder can’t be counted on to beat anybody without some kind of injury occurring, because he uses poor form when throwing his punches.