Deontay Wilder now ranked #9 WBA in World Rankings!
By Scott Gilfoid: The unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) has finally cracked the top tier world rankings and he’s now ranked #9 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) in their new rankings. Before this, Wilder wasn’t ranked in the top 15 by any of the sanctioning bodies due to him still being a prospect, but now there are no more excuses from the top tier heavyweights why they can’t fight the 6’7” Wilder.
Upon learning the news of his ranking by the WBA, Wilder said on his twitter “On the building!”
Wilder’s new ranking means a lot of things. He’s now ranked high enough so that if one of the heavyweight champions like Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko or Alexander Povetkin decide they want to want to defend their titles against him, they can do it without anyone being able to make a fuss out of due to Wilder’s top 10 ranking by the WBA.
This new ranking can really open some doors for Wilder in more ways than one. For starters, the top contenders can’t use the same old tired excuse that they’ve been using for why they can’t fight Wilder by coming back with some nonsense about him not being ranked in the top 15. Wilder is now top 10, so now the top tier fighters will have to think of a new excuse to make for why they can’t fight him.
Wilder recently chalked up his 27th consecutive knockout, and there are some boxing fans who feel that he could soon break the all-time record for consecutive knockouts of 44 within a few years. It’s quite possible because his power is so good that most of his opponents aren’t making it to the 4th round against him.
Wilder needs an opponent for his next fight in March or April. It’s hoped that he can lure one of the top 15 contenders into fighting him, but I’m not counting on him having too many takers. Wilder is too dangerous and it would take someone brave to be willing to face him.
I’d like to see unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury step up to the plate and agree to fight Wilder because Fury will be fighting in April in New York. According to rumors, is looking at fighting the much smaller 36-year-old Steve Cunningham, who is ranked #12 IBF. In other words, Cunningham is ranked BELOW Wilder in the world rankings.
There’s no excuse for Fury now not to fight the higher ranked, unbeaten, taller, younger and much, much stronger Deontay Wilder. Why would Fury fight an older and smaller fighter that’s ranked below Wilder?