Can Deontay Wilder beat Wladimir Klitschko today?
By Yannis Mihanos: Wladimir Klitschko rules the heavyweight division today. He is indeed a high mountain to climb. Since his last loss out of the hands of Lamon Brewster in April of 2004, he has remained unbeaten and unfazed for the last 8.5 years.
So far he has been pretty consistent with 16 successful title defenses. His next title defense is against Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria and is expected to be a comfortable one.
The problem with the heavyweight division is that no one respects the Klitschko brothers and their achievements although they have stood out for the last 10 years. It is evident that this division lacks of depth and quality. There is not enough talent, discipline and consistency of results.
But that’s not Wladimir’s problem today. His job is to take care of business and that’s what he’s been doing for all these years. The same goes for his brother Vitali who after that controversial night against Lennox Lewis, remained unbeaten until his final decision to retire in 2013.
Throughout Wladimir’s career, no one has ever seen a single incident of him misbehaving, he and his brother have been role models all the way. This is a big thumbs up for any sport, Wladimir gives definitely boxing a good name. But boxing needs more than just good behavior, especially now that business is so much involved in it.
As it happens with anyone who is at the top of his field, people want to know if there is anyone out there strong enough to give him a lesson and beat him.
So naturally the question comes: Is there really anyone today with real guts, capable enough to beat Klitschko? I might have the answer…
Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KO) is the heavyweight boxer with the biggest hype today. After a short amateur career (2006-2008) with about 30 fights, Deontay immediately turned to professional with Golden Boy’s promotions. His biggest highlight was as bronze medalist in the Beijing Olympics and that’s where his takes his nickname: Bronze Bomber.
He can definitely see Wladimir in the eyes because his height allows it, 6 ft. 7 in (2.00m).
In terms of ability and skill there is still some room for improvement and it remains to be seen if he can rise to the big challenge against a serious contender like Bernard Stiverne.
I have watched some of Deontay’s knockouts and they were impressive but I have also watched his opponents and they all had the same characteristic: all opponents were human punching bags. Of course the same someone can say about Wladimir.
One thing that is clear obvious is that Klitschko won’t be in boxing forever, he is now 38 years of age and if he follows the brother’s example he might stay just for a couple of years max.
Deontay Wilder is only 28-years-old so he still has many boxing years ahead of him.
A near future fight against Klitschko in the United States or Europe I think will be a hit as it could be easily promoted and approached by the crowds.
The public craves for a good competitive fight and that could be a real good one. The heavyweight division needs some injections of good boxing with strong capable opponents.
For the sake of it, a fight between these two must be done soon.
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