Deontay Wilder and Bryant Jennings are two American heavyweight hopefuls, the United States best candidates at possibly bringing their division in boxing back to the mainstream. For just about as long as boxing has been around the heavyweight division has been the weight class that comes to mind for the casual fan channel surfing and landing on a network that’s playing the sport of boxing.
Heavyweights have always been the faces of boxing until about the last decade or so. Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko have single handedly disposed of every possible heavyweight contender and pretender. They have given opportunities to any willing body 200 lb plus that is brave enough to step foot in the ring. They each stand 6’6 and 6’7 and possess true boxing skills, working behind the jab and have a combined knockout record of 91 trained professional’s that have met their demise.
Deontay Wilder may be America’s biggest hope at defeating one of the two twin tower Klitschko. Wilder was on full display Saturday on Showtime’s Championship Boxing. He was set up as the undercard to a big name in the sport of boxing, Amir “King” Khan, which gave Wilder the perfect stage to be seen on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean — Khan is from Bolton England his opponent Carlos Molina of Mexican descent — with Wilder gaining network exposure to perform under a jam pack venue in L.A. Sports Arena.
Wilder came into the ring at 6’7′ with a record of 26-0 with 26 KO and the last American male to medal in the Olympics. Wilder (27) won the Bronze medal in Beijing back in 2008. The fight was supposed to be Wilder’s biggest test to date in Kelvin Price, which isn’t saying much since Price was an ex pro basketball player who’s 37 years old. Yes, he’s being brought along very slowly. We should be used to this by now shouldn’t we? It’s the route taking by a few other big names in the sport today like Saul ” Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez, they got away with it and Wilder is looking to do the same.
Deontay Wilder lost the first two rounds by simply doing less than Price, who was doing almost nothing himself aside from landing the occasional jab to the body and throwing one or two more punches than Wilder. Not shortly after the start of what would be the final round, Wilder calmly walked over to his opponent, momentarily blinding him with a left jab, and ended the fight in a split second with an overhand right from hell that sent Price flying out the ring only to be tossed back into the canvas after the ropes flung him back in the opposite direction of his motionless body.
The official time was 51seconds in Round 3. Fifteen of Wilder’s knockouts have come in the first round of his fights and he’s never been past fourth round. One thing is for certain, no matter what you may think of his opposition, his power is real. Power can’t be faked and he’s knocking these guys out; his time will come against better competition though interestingly enough he addressed the non-believers in his post-fight interview.
“You have to be patient,” Wilder said, “You know it’s gonna come. You just have to be patient because when it comes it’s going to work. I know when fans come to see the heavyweights they come to see knockouts. I didn’t know when it was going to come, but when it came, bam!”