Deontay Wilder’s September 26th fight to be televised by NBCSN
By Scott Gilfoid: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s next fight on September 26th will likely have a huge audience watching him show off his stuff, as it’s going to be televised on free TV on Premier Boxing Champions on NBCSN against a still to be determined opponent and yet to be determined venue in the United States. Chris Arreola is one of the names that is reportedly in the running for the fight.
Arreola didn’t look so great in his last fight against Fred Kassi though. It’s a voluntary defense for Wilder, so he can fight pretty much anybody. Arreola would be good, and so would someone like Manuel Charr. Lucas Browne has been talking a lot of trash about wanting to fight Wilder, but he’s likely not up for the fight.
Arreola is the best option to get Wilder ready for a fighter like Alexander Povetkin. Arreola can still punch at 34. I mean, Arreola isn’t the fighter that he once was in terms of conditioning, but he can still pack a wallop with either hand. Wilder will need to be ready for war against Arreola because if he doesn’t come into the fight 100 percent ready for battle, he won’t make it out of the fight.
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) July 29, 2015
Deontay’s last fight was against fringe contender Eric Molina last June in Birmingham, Alabama. It took the 6’7” Wilder until the 9th round before he finally lowered the boom on Molina and knocked him. Wilder dropped Molina four times in the fight before the fight was finally halted.
It looked to a lot of people that Wilder purposefully carried Molina to the 9th round in order to give the fans something to look at. If Wilder had gone out there and knocked Molina in the 1st round, it would have been bad for his many fans that turned up to watch him in Birmingham.
By letting Molina make it to the 9th round before he knocked him out, Deontay was able to let his fans see more of him. At the same time, Wilder got a chance to work on his left hand, which he rarely has to use in his fights due to his right hand being so good. Wilder used his left hook quite a bit and was able to show off his jab.
Wilder is just looking to keep sharp. He’s got a title defense coming in early 2016 against his No.1 WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. That fight will likely take place in Russia, so it’s important that Wilder works on his punching power because he’s going to need to KO Povetkin fast I that fight.
Povetkin is too dangerous for Wilder to leave in the fight for more than a few rounds. Wilder needs to unload his right hand bombs on Povetkin in the 1st round otherwise this could be a really difficult fight for him. Povetkin seems to be getting better as he gets older for some reason. He looked sensational in his recent fights against Mike Perez, Manuel Charr and Carlos Takam. Those are all very good fighters and Povetkin beat them all with ease.
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