By Scott Gilfoid: While the heavyweight clash between the two giants Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) and Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KO’s) is been relegated to that of an undercard position on this Saturday’s Amir Khan vs. Julio Diaz fight card in Sheffield, I have a strong feeling that this fight could end up stealing the show for the fans that actually get to see it.
The fight card will be televised by BoxNation in the UK, but unfortunately in the United States fans will only see the Khan-Diaz fight with just highlights of the Wilder-Harrison fight shown. Instead of that fight being televised in it’s entirety, U.S boxing fans will be shown Zab Judah vs. Danny Garcia and Peter Quillin vs. Fernando Guerrero.
I don’t mind seeing the Judah-Garcia fight, but Quillin-Guerrero is mismatch and hardly an interesting one as far as I’m concerned. I’d much rather see Wilder-Harrison than that fight because it involves former Olympic stars going at it.
Whatever the case, I think the Wilder-Harrison fight will at least steal the show in the UK because the Khan-Diaz fight likely won’t be worth watching because Khan’s promoters at Golden Boy has picked out another easy opponent for Khan to beat instead of a contender with a chance to beat him.
The Wilder-Audley fight is going to answer a lot of questions about Deontay’s talent. If he can thrash the 6’6” Audley with ease then we can assume that Deontay will be able to move forward and challenge one of the Klitschko brothers in 2014.
If Wilder loses the fight then you’ve got to figure that it’s going to be awfully tough for him to come back from such a loss. Audley is one of those gatekeeper type of fighters where if you can’t beat him then it’s a pretty good hint that you don’t have the talent to make it to the top of the sport.