By Manuel Perez: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) admits that he’s become jaded with his experiences in boxing with his inability to get the best to fight him.
Wilder, 31, wants to get his mandatory defense against #1 WBC Bermane Stiverne out of the way so that he can go after the big fights against IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, but now he’s being told by the British fighter that he might not be ready to fight him for another 2 years or so.
Wilder is not happy about this, as he feels Joshua is a “coward” and is avoiding him. Wilder, 6’7”, called out the recently retired former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for a fight many years ago when he was at the top of his game, without him getting the fight.
Now Wilder is in the same boat with the 27-year-old unbeaten Joshua (19-0, 19 KOs). Instead of Wilder getting that fight, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is insisting that he fight one of his Matchroom Sport fighters Dillian Whyte FIRST before he can get a fight against Joshua. So insistent Hearn is that Wilder face Whyte, he’s setting the wheels in motion to force the “Bronze Bomber” to fight Whyte by having his fighter face Robert Helenius for the vacant WBC Silver heavyweight title on October 28 of this month on the undercard of the Joshua vs. Kubrat Pulev card in Cardiff, Wales.
If Whyte wins that fight, which it appears he will, he’ll be in the position to force a fight against Wilder. Hearn’s move tells you one of two things. Either he’s hoping Whyte will beat Wilder to get him out of Joshua’s hair completely or he believes the Joshua-Wilder fight needs to be built up an even more than it already is. I believe the former is the more the case. I think Hearn is hoping Whyte beats Wilder so it can get him out of the way so that his fighter Joshua will hold onto his title risk free for a lot longer before he eventually gets sparked out by one of the top contenders.
We all know that Joshua is going to get knocked out sooner or later. We just don’t know who will be the one that does the job. By Hearn trying to get Wilder beaten in the near term by Whyte, it shows clearly that the British promoter is trying to protect his number 1 asset in his Matchroom Sport table in Joshua. It’s smart that Hearn is doing this, but it’s bad for boxing, because it potentially takes away a mega-fight between Joshua and Wilder. Boxing News Results isn’t surprised Hearn is trying to protect Joshua, because he’s his golden goose right now, and he’s laying massive golden eyes with his PPV fights on Sky Box Office.
”I’m happy that I’m fighting Stiverne because he’s my mandatory. I can finally get him out the way so I’ll be a free man,” said Wilder. ”I’m the most frustrated guy around. I don’t understand. The best are supposed to fight the best, right? I’ve always done that. I called (Wladimir) Klitschko out years ago. What other heavyweight is doing what I do? What other heavyweight has power like me? I don’t have to put you out in punches in bunches. I don’t have to do that. One punch. Goodnight.”
Wilder has one-punch knockout power that the heavyweight division hasn’t seen since Mike Tyson ruled the division with an iron fist in the last 1980s to early 1990s. For all intents and purposes, Wilder has become he boogeyman for the heavyweight division, and we’re seeing the negative effects of that with guys like Joshua not wanting to get in the ring with him. It’s bad for boxing that the top heavyweights like Joshua are running from Wilder, but that’s what happens when you have a dangerous fighter with the kind of power that the Bronze Bomber possesses.
As the saying goes, ‘nobody likes Goliath.’ Wilder has become the Goliath of the heavyweight division, and now he’s being avoided like the plague by the other so-called champions.