Deontay Wilder vs. Chad Van Sickle on 5/26

By Boxing News - 05/16/2012 - Comments

Image: Deontay Wilder vs. Chad Van Sickle on 5/26By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten American heavyweight knockout artist Deontay Wilder (21-0, 21 KO’s) will test his talent against the tough can capable Chad Van Sickle (23-9-3, 12 KO’s) in a scheduled 8 round bout on May 26th in Cancun, Mexico.

There had been rumors floating around the internet about the 26-year-old Wilder possibly facing 35-year-old Owen Beck, but that news turned out to be completely bogus. Van Sickle is a tougher opponent in my view than Beck. Van Sickle, 34, can punch a little, and he even held heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver to a 10 round draw in 2006. That tells you that Van Sickle has some ability, because Welliver is a good sound heavyweight. Van Sickle has been in with the best, such as Brian Minto, Odlanier Solis and Shaun George. Right now he’s going through a slight rough patch in his career with six losses in his last eight fights, but believe me, Van Sickle is better than that.

The 6’7″ Wilder, a former 2008 U.S heavyweight Olympian, has won all 21 of his pro fights by knockout. He’s blessed with arguably the best right hand in the heavyweight division and in all of boxing. Although he’s taking some heat for his slow approach to a title shot, it’s not big deal because he’s being groomed for an eventual title shots.

Wilder only had less than 20 fights as an amateur, so he’s still learning how to fight at this point. You’re not going to rush a talent like Wilder into fights that he’s not ready for if you can help it. While I see Wilder’s right hand getting him past pretty much everyone in the division in terms of contenders, it’ll be much easier once he’s developed his left hand more and learned how to defend. But with just his right hand alone, Wilder is almost unbeatable because it only takes one big shot from him to end a fight. He doesn’t need to be perfect. All he needs to do is land that cannon of a right hand and he’ll be alright.

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