Deontay making a huge step forward in his career against Price
By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (25-0, 25 KO’s) is in the enviable position of fighting on Showtime television in what likely be a huge American audience on December 15th in this step up fight for the young 27-year-old Wilder against Kelvin Price (13-0, 6 KO’s) at the Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA. This is the perfect opportunity for the 6’7″ Wilder to display his talent for the boxing world because the fight card will get so much attention.
Wilder may seem a little up there in age to be still fighting lower level opposition but he’s really not. 27 is young for a heavyweight, and besides that Wilder didn’t have much of an amateur career before participating in the 2008 Olympics, where he captured a bronze medal despite having fought only a handful of times.
In the past month, Wilder helped out with sparring duties for IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in assisting in getting him ready for his successful title defense against Mariusz Wach. Wladimir raved about the valuable sparring he received from Wilder and commented that he was one of the best sparring partners that he had ever had. Indeed, when it came time for Wladimir to face Wach, he couldn’t help notice how much slower and limited Wach was in comparison to the talented Wilder.
This fight for Wilder against Price is a step up for Wilder as he’s now ready to take on 1st tier opposition to pick up ranking and to get title shot against one of the world champions in 2013. He doesn’t mind having to face one of the Klitschkos because he can set aside the friendship that he formed with Wladimir during his training camp with him. Wilder realizes that he can’t things like that get in the way of him capturing a world title of his own. Wladimir had his time and now it’s time for Wilder to step in and take over.
Price, 6’7″, will make it interesting for as long as this fight lasts, which is not very long. Once Wilder starts connecting with his huge right hands the fight will be over very quickly.
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