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McCline: Deontay Wilder is the hardest puncher I’ve ever been in with

Deontay Wilder Serguei LyakhovichBy Scott Gilfoid: 6’6” Jameel McCline (41-13-3, 24 KO’s) just spent time helping out unbeaten heavyweight talent Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KO’s) with sparring to help him get ready for his fight next Friday night against former WBO heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KO’s) on August 9th at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California, USA.

McCline came away from the sparring session mighty impressed with Deontay’s power. Jameel say Deontay is the biggest puncher that he’s ever been in the ring with, and he’s been in with some ferocious punchers during his time.

It’s a huge compliment that Jameel sees the 6’7” Wilder as the biggest puncher he’s ever mixed it up with.

Here are some of the guys that McCline has fought during his 18 year pro career: Wladimir Klitschko, Samuel Peter, Magomed Abduslamov, Lance Whitaker, Michael Grant, Nikolay Valuev, John Ruiz, and Chris Arreola.

Someone asked McCline would win in a fight between Deontay and Abduslamov and here’s what McCline had to say about that:

What’s interesting about that is McCline was stopped in the 2nd round recently by Absulamov last year in September. The fact that McCline is still saying that Deontay is faster, more powerful and bigger than Absulamov says a lot about how good Deontay is.

Liakhovich is going to be a nice little test for Deontay. It’s not a huge test, but it’s definitely a respectable one that will get Deontay ready to take stiffer tests.

If Deontay can get Liahovich out of there quickly, we could see him back in the quickly. The faster Deontay gets these guys out of there the sooner he can get back in action against other names. The important thing is to get Deontay as busy as possible so that he can keep getting pushed up the heavyweight rankings. He’d like to fight for a world title by 2014.

Last year the legendary trainer Emanuel Steward said he thought Deontay would be ready to fight for a world title within 12 months. Obviously that’s not going to happen, but I think Deontay could be just a year off from that prediction if he can squeeze in two more big wins in 2013 before the year ends in order to get pushed up in the rankings.


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