Deontay Wilder with a chance to set himself apart from the other heavyweight pack on 3/15
— John Medeiros (@JohnMedeiros5) February 16, 2014
Undefeated heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) will be looking to show the world the difference between him and the other heavyweights like Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury on March 15th in his WBC heavyweight eliminator against Malik Scott (36-1-1, 13 KO’s) at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. As you can see, John Medieiros described Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora’s fights last Saturday night as being boring, and it’s hard to disagree with that.
Not only is this an important fight due to it being an eliminator bout to pick out the challenger for the winner of the Chris Arreola vs. Bermane Stiverne fight, but it will also give Deontay – and Malik Scott – a chance to show boxing fans the difference between them and the recent efforts we saw last Saturday night in Chisora and Fury’s fights.
In other words, Scott and Deontay will have a big chance to set themselves apart between those two heavyweights among boxing fans. Chisora had to battle hard to beat Kevin Johnson in a fight that was one of the ugliest that I’ve ever seen before due to the constant fouling. And Fury looked like he was carrying around 30 lbs of excess flab on his frame in beating Joey Abell in a surprisingly competitive match-up.
There are obviously other heavyweights that are in the heavyweight title picture that Deontay and Scott will be competing with, but for now the Chisora-Johnson and Fury-Abell fights will be a good benchmark for Deontay and Scott to see where they stand in the heavyweight picture. Can they look better than Chisora and Fury or will they stink out the joint on March 15th and win in an incredibly boring and/or sloppy performance? Fury;s fight with Abell wasn’t boring, but it was sloppy as heck and not the example that I’d like to see of the Marquess of Queensberry Rules, especially with Fury hitting Abell twice while he was down on the canvas in the 4th or when Fury hit Abell low in the 3rd round.
For Deontay, this is his big chance to put himself on course to become a huge, huge start in the heavyweight division. Deontay wants to go 50-0 with 50 knockouts to not only break the consecutive knockout record for a heavyweight, but to put together a record that has never been seen before in the heavyweight division. There’s been nobody in the history of the division that has knocked out his first 50 opponents without a loss. If Deontay can win his next 20 fights by knockouts, he’s going to be a tremendous star in the sport. But it’s not going to be nearly as easy as his first 30 fights were for him, because his competition is going to get steadily better from this point on.
If Deontay can get past Scott, then there’s the winner of the Arreola-Stiverne fight that he’ll need to tackle next. From there, we’ll likely see Deontay in a big unification match against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. And I suppose Deontay will be defending his titles against the likes of Chisora or Fury at some point. It won’t be both because one of them is going to get weeded out this Summer in their pointless rematch.