Deontay Wilder laughs off Wladimir Klitschko’s criticism
By Scott Gilfoid: At his press conference this week, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) laughed off the recent criticism from IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko, who had taken a shot at Wilder over the level of opposition he’s been facing.
Wladimir thinks that Wilder should be stepping it up against better competition. Wilder thought it was comical that Wladimir would have the nerve to talk about weak opposition, when many of his opponents throughout the years have been weak opponents.
Even in the case of one of Wladimir’s defeats at the hands of Ross Puritty, Wladimir was facing a journeyman level opponent when he was knocked out by Puritty in the 11th round in 1998.
For Wladimir to be taking shots at Wilder about the level of opposition he’s been facing, it just makes Wladimir look like a hypocrite. He’s been facing the same type of weak opposition through much of his career. Look at some of the guys that Wladimir has faced over the years: Mariusz Wach, Jean Marc Mormeck, Alex Leapai, Tony Thompson, Samuel Peter [second fight], Eddie Chambers, Ruslan Chagaev, Hasim Rahman, Sultan Ibragimov, Lamon Brewster [second fight], Ray Austin, Chris Byrd, Eliseo Castillo, DaVarryl Williamson, Danell Nicholson and Fabio Eduardo Molina. It goes on and on and on like this for Wladimir. Those are not good heavyweights in my view. Peter and Brewster were decent the first time that Wladimir faced them, but in his second fights with them, they were far gone.
Wilder said this about Klitschko’s comments:
“Most of the time, whether people say things about me or write about me, I don’t see it myself or most times people bring it to my attention and that’s one of the things that my brother brought that to my attention and I laughed, I almost laughed all day about it, because for him to make that statement, basically is for him to really criticize his own self or to talk bad about himself because if he’s talking about opponents or whatever, he’s been doing the same thing for over a decade.”
— PBC (@premierboxing) September 22, 2015
Wladimir really needs to mind his own business and focus on his own career rather than worrying about a fighter like Wilder. Wladimir needs to concentrate on keeping his own level of opposition high because it was only recently that we saw Wladimir inside the ring with Leapai and Pianeta.
Wilder will soon start facing the top guys once he gets past his next opponent Johann Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) in their fight this Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from the Legacy Arena, in Birmingham, Alabama.
“He’s [Klitschko] been fighting guys we don’t know names of or how to pronounce or where they came from,” Wilder said. “They came out of a rabbit box, you know. So for him to say that is very laughable to me.”
Wilder will soon be facing the likes of Alexander Povetkin and possibly even Wladimir himself if he gets past Tyson Fury on October 24th, and if he agrees to fight him. We’ll then be able to see how well Wladimir does against Wilder.
Wilder will have no choice but to face the best in the heavyweight division once he gets past his next opponent Duhaupas on Saturday.