Audley: Deontay Wilder punches like a mule, and he’s fast
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) was really slathering on the compliments over the head of the talented 6’7” heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) after the hard-hitting American gave Audley some valuable sparring last year while helping him get ready for his ill-fated fight against British/Commonwealth heavyweight champion David Price.
Audley said to the dailymail.co.uk “Deontay Wilder punches like a mule, and he’s fast. I had four weeks of him.”
Some boxing fans think that the punishment that Audley took in the sparring sessions Wilder depleted Audley to where Price could have knocked him out by just blowing on him in their October 2012 fight.
You’ve got to admit that it must have been pure hell for Audley to take daily right hand bombs from Wilder for four long weeks in getting ready for Price. I can imagine the headaches Audley must have had after those sparring sessions.
Audley and Deontay are set to meet up next month on April 27th at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Audley reportedly still hasn’t signed the contract for the fight, and there’s some worry that he may get cold feet, and back out rather than step inside the ring with arguably the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division.
I couldn’t blame Audley for choosing to go in another direction, because if he thinks he was hit hard in his losses to David Haye and Price just imagine what he’d be experiencing in a fight with Wilder. It would be far worse for the fragile-chinned Audley.
Golden Boy Promotions wanted to pick out a Brit for Wilder to fight instead of someone higher ranked in the division because they wanted to attract more British fans to the fight. That’s the whole reason why Audley was picked. They obviously would have wanted Haye, Tyson Fury or Price to fight Wilder if they could line them up, but there’s no way any of those guys would want to get in the ring with Wilder.