WBC heavyweight title holder Deontay Wilder will be doing some close up reconnaissance this Saturday night in scouting out IBF heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko in their fight at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Wilder wants the winner of that fight next, and the best way for him to learn about how well he stacks up against one of them is to be at the fight to observe close up the flaws he sees in their game.
Wilder already sees plenty of flaws in both of their games that he feels he can take advantage of when he gets them inside the ring.
It’s up to Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn if they want to fight Wilder if they get past Wladimir. I don’t know if Hearn will be willing to risk putting Joshua in with someone that can punch back that isn’t in his 40s like Wladimir.
We’ve seen how Hearn has been less than eager to put Joshua in with David Haye and Luis Ortiz in fights that would bring risk to his fighter. Hearn still hasn’t matched Joshua against Wilder. You would think that he would have made that fight by now given the interest in the fight from the British boxing public.
“Hopefully. There are a lot of people that are involved in this,” said Wilder. ”If it were just solely up to me then I’d be 1,000 percent confident, but it’s not just me. That’s what the fans want. I’ve been wanting to give the fans what they want my entire career. Unfortunately, I am one of those fighters that’s always getting the short end of the stick. I only can work with what I can work with.”
I don’t know if Wilder will be the one that Hearn chooses to match his golden goose Joshua up with if he can beat Wladimir because it’s a risky fight that could end badly for the 27-year-old Joshua, who resembles a body builder more than a fighter. Wilder is agile and athletic. He doesn’t have a body builder’s physique, and he’s quite fast of hand.
Joshua is a lot slower with his punches due to all the muscle he carries around. Hearn should have had Joshua back off with his weight lifting a long time ago in order to have him work on his hand speed or lack thereof. At the rate that Joshua is going, we could see him eventually bulking up even more into the 260s. The guy has put on way too much muscle at an early stage in his career. When you have a ton of muscle, it’s almost like having fat because it slows you down and doesn’t help you in boxing, because your heart has to carry that muscle around.
“I am very confident that I am the best in this division,” said Wilder. ”I am very confident that I will unify this division. I am very confident that I will retire on top, undefeated as well. I’m just waiting for my moment. I’ve been sitting patiently all of this time, even in the start of my career and I’m sitting patient now. I’m just looking forward to my turn.”
If Wilder can beat Joshua and/or Klitschko, then he could very well retire from boxing undefeated as well as he doesn’t stick around for too long. Right now, the 6’7” Wilder looks unbeatable. That might change in 5-10 years, and he could find himself tasting defeat for the first time. It won’t be a big deal if Wilder loses to someone good with boxing ability and punching power. But if Wilder loses to a mediocre fighter, it’ll hurt his career and have a lot of fans thinking he’s a shot fighter.
Wilder sees a lot of weakness in Joshua that he can take advantage of in the future. He sees Joshua as being an overhyped fighter that is respected by boxing fans and appreciated by them due to his physique rather than because of his wins and his accomplishments. Joshua still hasn’t beaten the best yet Wladimir is the best guy that he will have entered the ring to box in his career. Wladimir is a fighter that was good during his best years, but he’s no longer good. Now Wladimir is just a good talker without being able to back it up inside the ring.
The 6’6” Joshua would be shorter than the 6’7” Wilder by 1” inch if the two of them ever fight each other. Where Joshua would have an advantage would be in the weight department. Joshua weighs 250 pounds compared to Wilders 225lbs. Wilder has tried to put on weight in the past, but he just can’t seem to gain it like other heavyweights. That’s bad news for Wilder because he might have problems if he’s outweighed by Joshua by 25 pounds. However, the heavyweight division is a strange one. It seems that when a fighter gets over 200 lbs., they can knockout guys that weight much more if they can land their shots. Mike Tyson was in the low 220s during his prime years, and he was knocking out bigger heavyweights. He packed a lot of power and speed in his compact 5’10”, 220lb frame.
Joshua is the favorite to send Wladimir down to his second straight defeat in his career. It’s still hard fight to predict a winner in because Joshua hasn’t fought good heavyweights since he turned pro. His whole background as an amateur is one of where he was arguably gifted a gold medal in the 2012 Olympics in London, and he had a controversial win over Roberto Cammarelle in 2011 as well in the European Championships.
Joshua isn’t the fighter that many of his British boxing fans think he is. Joshua is a decent guy with a body building physique, but he’s very vulnerable to head shots, as we saw in his fight with Dillian Whyte. If Wladimir can put hands on Joshua, he could knock him out and ruin the plans of his promoter Eddie Hearn. That would be a shocker to some but not to Boxing News Results. We knew all along that Joshua was flawed and very beatable.