Deontay Wilder vs. Damon McCreary tonight
By Steven Ocallaghan: If anybody is expecting to find out if American heavyweight Deontay Wilder (24-0, 24 KO’s) is progressing in his quest to become the champ, don’t expect to find out anything tonight.
Wilder fights Damon McCreary at The Hanger, Costa Mesa tonight in his 25th contest as a pro. Let’s put this contest into context, Wilder is a bronze medal winner at the 2008 Olympics while in 2008 McCreary was almost 80lbs lighter, Wilder is 6’7″ and an athletic looking fighter, Mcreary when he made his pro debut in 1998 against Nathan Russell he weighed at 166lbs.
McCreary at 5’11”, and in his first 12 fights weighed a maximum 185lbs, a good weight for a guy of that height , but at 39 and weighing 262 this fight is another no contest. The only thing that compares these fighters is the level of opposition that they both have boxed.
Wilder’s last 3 opponents in Kerston Manswell, Owen Beck and Jesse Oltmans wouldn’t get an invite to fight any of the top contenders, even though Manswell’s record up to 2 years ago looked fine but it was just the same padding on his score the same way that has been done with Wilder.
McCreary’s last 3 opponents span 6 years and are of the same quality if not worse than Wilder’s. Raymundo Lopez, Salah Zabian and James North. These are guys who fight the guys who have just turned pro.
Wilder and his people can shout about as much as they want about how good he is but until he takes a meaningfully fight he is just another guy with a big mouth trying to jump a queue that he hasn’t earned the right to be in. Step up or step off.
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