Deontay Wilder could be the next American heavyweight champion
By Scott Gilfoid: Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) will be trying to accomplish two tasks this Saturday night when he faces Malik Scott (36-1-1, 13 KO’s) on Showtime at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Deontay’s first goal is to get the win to become the mandatory WBC heavyweight challenger in order to face the winner of the Bermane Stiverne vs. Chris Arreola bout later this year.
Deontay’s second goal is to win by a stoppage to give him his 31st consecutive knockout. That goal is obviously secondary to Deontay winning the fight to become the WBC mandatory challenger. Deontay mainly wants to get a win over Scott so that he can lock himself in as the mandatory challenger for the WBC belt.
With a win over Scott, Deontay will be in the position to become the next American heavyweight champion depending on if Arreola loses to Stiverne again, which is highly likely. Having Deontay as world champion would open a lot of doors for him in terms of much larger purses and endorsement deals. With the way that Deontay knocks his opponents out within the first four rounds, he’s the perfect guy to become a huge star in the U.S. Additionally, with him being so approachable, he’s someone that will likely get a lot of endorsement deals if he can capture the WBC title and hold onto it for 6-10 years the way that Wladimir Klitschko has been able to hold onto his titles since 2006.
Scott is a slick fighter, who won’t make it easy for Deontay to land his big right hand bombs on him. He’s going to present a constantly moving target in this fight, so Deontay is going to have to be deadly accurate with his Tommy Hearns’ like right hands if he’s going to poleaxe hm the way he’s done most of his other opponents. For the most part, Scott is an undefeated fighter because his loss to Dereck Chisora was a result of a rabbit punch and a controversial 9 count stoppage rather than a normal 10 count.
Scott will be giving it his all on Saturday night in hoping to pull off a big upset against the talented Deontay. Can it happen? Yes, will it happen? It’s not likely unless Deontay runs out of gas in the 2nd half of the fight like a young George Foreman tired out in his loss to Mumhammad Ali many years ago. The thing is Deontay has a very good jab, and he paces himself a lot better than Foreman did in his youth.