Deontay Wilder looks sensational in stopping David Long in the 1st round
By Scott Gilfoid: Boxing fans got to see one of the newest heavyweight stars last Saturday night on the undercard of the Adrien Broner vs. Vincente Rodriguez fight when former 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist for the U.S Deontay Wilder (20-0, 20 KO’s) added his 20th straight knockout with a one-punch KO of the usually durable David Long (11-2-2, 7 KO’s) at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The 6’7” Wilder hit Long with a chopping right hand that knocked Long out cold, sending him down in one of those highlight reel knockouts. The fight was immediately halted without a count and the official time of the stoppage was 1:17 of the 1st round.
Wilder really didn’t land anything else in the round before he connected with that peach of a right hand. He tried to land some left hooks a few pawing jabs but those shots went wide of the mark. But it didn’t matter, because once Wilder lined Long up for that right hand, it was all over once he connected.
Wilder may have some flaws in terms of his lack of a jab and left hand, but his right hand is so incredibly good that it’s not even funny.
For the 26-year-old Wilder, this was his thirteenth 1st round knockout to go along with four 2nd round knockouts, two 3rd round knockouts and one 4th round knockout. You don’t collect knockouts like that unless you’ve got major power.
I don’t care if Wilder has been facing some 3rd tier guys to get a lot of those KOs, he’s still knocking guys out in the 1st round at a really high percentage and that tells you that he’s got crushing power. He’s definitely someone to keep an eye on in the division, because that right hand is equalizer and it makes up in a big way for what he lacks in other departments of his game. Wilder obviously needs to learn how to throw a left hook with power, but he’s got time. He’s only 26, and didn’t have much of an amateur background before taking part in the Olympics. I say by the time Wilder has chocked up his 40th win, he should have all parts of his game ready for him to take over the heavyweight division and rule it with an iron fist.
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