Deontay Wilder’s lethal right hand is fine for Eric Molina fight
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) has had five months to heal his broken right hand that he injured in his last fight against Bermane Stiverne, and he’s now fully healed 100 percent and ready to rock against the hard hitting challenger Eric Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) in their fight in less than two weeks from now on June 13th at the Bartow Arena, in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
Wilder broke his hand early in the fight against Stiverne after hitting him with right hand on the top of his head. However, the 6’7” Wilder was still able to keep using his right hand after the injury, but he wasn’t able to get quite as much power on his shots as he normally could.
Even with the hand injury, Deontay showed that he was still very dangerous, as he hurt Stiverne badly in the 7th after nailing him with a flurry of chopping shots to the head. The punches that Stiverne took in the 7th round would have felled a lesser heavyweight, but Stiverne somehow got through that rough blizzard and last the remaining five rounds.
“My hand is fine. We tested it yesterday for 10-ounce gloves because that’s the competition weight,” Wilder said. “We put it on and I felt great. It gave me even more confidence. I’m ready to get in the ring and do what I have to do and perform for my people.’’
Molina is going to need a strong beard in this fight if he wants to be able to take Wilder’s right hands and left hooks. Wilder is going to be looking to get Molina out of there as fast as possible in this fight because that’s his style of fighting. But he’s also fighting in front of his fans in his home state of Alabama, and he says he fights better when he’s at home.
That’s obviously bad news for Molina because it means that he’s going to need to take some monstrous shots early in the fight. If Molina has any chance of winning, he’s going to need to start fast and throw a lot of mean leather to try and keep the 6’7” Wilder off of him. That’s easier said than done.
Wilder is incredibly fast and lethal with his right hand. Wilder arguably has the best punching power in the heavyweight division right now, and he’s got legitimate one-punch power. It doesn’t matter who it is. If Wilder gets his shots in first, he’s going to knock you out. If you’re slow and you push your punches, you’re really going to have problems against a guy like Wilder.
In his last five fights, Wilder has beaten Bermane Stiverne, Jason Gavern, Malik Scott, Nicolai Firtha and Siarhei Liakhovich.
If Wilder gets through this fight against Molina, his next likely fight will be against his WBC #1 mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. That should be a great fight, and it’s likely to take place in Moscow, Russia.
The Wilder vs. Molina fight will be televised on Showtime Championship Boxing.
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