Wladimir: Deontay Wilder is one of the greatest sparring partners I’ve ever had
(Picture credit: Public Address) By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 50 KO’s) was smothering unbeaten heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder (25-0, 25 KO’s) at Wladimir’s last press conference with challenger Mariusz Wach to hype their fight on Saturday at the O2 World Arena, Altona, in Hamburg, Germany. Wladimir said that Wilder is one of the best sparring partners ever had before.
Wladimir said this as quoted by RingTV “Deontay Wilder was one of the greatest sparring partners I’ve had.”
Yes, Wladimir knows talent when he sees it and he was very lucky to get a talent like the 27-year-old Wilder to work as a mere sparring partner because the 6’7″ Wilder, a 2004 Olympic Bronze medalist from the U.S, is on his way to becoming a world champion, possibly by next year. Wladimir could find himself facing Wilder next year unless Wilder goes after a softer target like WBA belt holder Alexander Povetkin or the WBC strap after Wladimir’s brother Vitali Klitschko retires in 2013. That’ll make it less painful for Wilder to have to beat Wladimir after making friends with him during this recent camp.
I have no doubts whatsoever that Wladimir will win this fight on Saturday agaisnt Wach thanks to the help that Wilder gave Wladimir. There’s nothing that Wladimir will see from Wach that will compare with the power, speed and talent that he had to experience on a daily basis against the hard hitting Wilder during the camp.
Wladimir must have hit by a massive amount of right hands from Wilder during the camp and I hope it hasn’t depleted Wladimir. We saw what happened to the last fighter Audley Harrison who used Wilder as a sparring partner during his training camp to get ready for his fight against David Price.
Harrison came out and was immediately knocked out in the 1st round. That was likely because of the punishing shots that Harrison had to take from Wilder all during the training camp. You can’t take huge shots from a guy like Wilder and then turn around and face someone remotely good without there being a danger of a decreased punch resistance.
Wilder has a fight coming up on December 15th on Showtime in the United States against Kelvin Price (13-0, 6 KO’s) on the undercard of the Amir Khan vs. Carlos Molina card at the Sports Arena, in Los Angeles, California, USA.