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Deontay Wilder looking for big things in 2012

Deontay WilderBy Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight knockout artist Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (20-0, 20 KO’s) is reportedly saying he’s going to be stepping up the level of his competition in 2012 and looking to go after some big names in the heavyweight division. In a recent interview, the 26-year-old Wilder said that the original plan that he had with his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions was for him to crank out 25 straight wins before moving up to a higher level.

The reason for this slight delay is that Wilder had basically no amateur career to speak of. He fought only 21 times as an amateur before making into the Olympics. He then won two of three fights to capture the Bronze Medal, which is pretty incredible accomplishment for a fighter with previous amateur experience as Wilder. Since turning pro in 2008, Wilder has reeled off 20 straight knockouts with many of them 1st one-punch KO. The power in Wilder’s right hand is out of this world and there are few heavyweights that can stand up to a punch like that. In his recent fight last weekend, Wilder destroyed David Long with a beautiful right hand to the head that dropped Long like a sack of bricks.

Right now Wilder is clearly the best heavyweight prospect in the world, above fighters like Tyson Fury, David Price and Robert Helenus. What makes Wilder so good is his height, reach and crushing power in his right hand. In 2012, Wilder is going to get a chance to work on his other skills because he’s going to need more than just a right hand to get to the next level. I mean Wilder can beat guys like Fury, Price and Helenius with just a right hand, but he’s going to need a good left in order to compete with the Klitschko brothers in the future. The boxing world can’t wait for Wilder to step it up against better fighters because there’s been a lot of frustration at seeing such an incredible talent being wasted by matching him so soft. When you got a guy like Wilder and you see him knocking every body out in the 1st round, that tells you that he needs to be brought along faster.

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