By Scott Gilfoid: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Lucas Browne (22-0, 19 KOs) thinks WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) will be getting knocked out next year when he defends his title against his #1 WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.
Wilder has a voluntary defense he’ll be taking on September 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chris Arreola is one of the potential opponents or his fight. But after that, Wilder will need to get down to business in defending his title against Povetkin.
It’ll be an interesting fight because Povetkin has been looking real good of late, and there’s a chance that Wilder will have to travel to Russia to defend against him.
“Wilder is a little chicken-s***, he won’t fight me. He’s gonna get knocked out by [Alexander] Povetkin anyway,” Browne said via Skysports.com.
I hate to be the one to disagree with Browne, but I don’t Deontay getting knocked out by Povetkin. While I do admit that Povetkin has looked good in his recent fights against the likes of Manuel Charr, Carlos Takam and Mike Perez, these guys don’t have Wilder’s size, speed, and power and dare I say talent.
Wilder is a much different kettle of fish than the guys that Povetkin has been padding his record with in his last several fights. I mean, Wilder is going to use the same tricks that Wladimir Klitschko used in beating Povetkin in their fight in 2013. The main difference is Wilder will elect to move more, jab and bomb Povetkin from the outside with right hands to the head.
Wladimir used a lot of clinching to shut Povetkin down on the inside, and it worked like a charm. Povetkin couldn’t do anything at all with Wladimir leaning on him and keeping him from getting his shots off. At the same time, Wladimir was able to drop Povetkin several times with his big hooks to the head.
Wladimir showed pretty clearly in that fight that Povetkin is more of a pumped up cruiserweight than an actual heavyweight. The 6’2” Povetkin doesn’t have much size, and he’s going to have a lot of problems with the height, reach, speed and power of Wilder.
I have a feeling that Povetkin won’t lay a finger on Wilder in this fight. It’s going to be like Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne 2 with Povetkin being the next Stiverne. He’s about the same size as him and has all the same flaws in his game that he has.
Browne has been trying to get a fight against Deontay, but it’s not an interesting fight for him because of Browne’s lack of experience. Wilder is waiting for Browne to actually beat someone with a pulse before he chooses to give him a shot, but for some reason Browne just isn’t fighting anyone good. I guess that’s why he’s still unbeaten. I have no clue why Browne doesn’t fight someone like Tony Thompson, Chris Arreola, Carlos Takam, Kubrat Pulev or Andy Ruiz. At least if he beat some of those guys, which I doubt he can, he’d be more interesting for Wilder.