Deontay Wilder

BY LEWIS CALVERT
@lewycalvert
Wilder (33-0) vs. Klitschko (64-3)

(HR) ABOVE:  The nine members of the US Boxing team and their coaches worked out today at the Beijing Normal University, the United States training facility acting as their Olympic training center. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post

Deontay Wilder is The People’s Paper Champ, a world class fighter and would put up a good fight against Wladimir Klitschko but he wouldn’t beat him.

Look at the facts. Wilder is unbeaten in seven years but he hasn’t beaten a single top level fighter in all that time.

His biggest victory came over Bermane Stiverne. A fighter nobody seriously respected as a world champion before the fight with The Bronze Bomber but now all of a sudden Wilder is seen as a legitimate champion because he is American and more marketable.

Wladimir Klitschko is unbeaten in ten years with victories over most of the top fighters in the division: Povetkin, Pulev, Thompson, Haye and Brewster to name a few. Fighters Wilder must beat to prove he is at the same level.

It was not too long ago that Wilder was rocked by David Haye in a sparring session and The Hayemaker didn’t even come close to beating Klitschko.

Call it self-belief, call it nationalism, call it what you want, it is that “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” attitude that sees some Americans completely disregard the Ukrainian’s record and hype their own fighter even more.

Dr. Steel Hammer has had almost double the amount of fights Wilder has had and his experience alone would be enough to beat the younger boxer.

Everyone knows Wlad’s robotic, machine-like approach to fights is boring. It is boring, but it works, the same could be said for Floyd Mayweather.

Admittedly Wilder has raw power and potential which is very exciting, so people want him to win but doesn’t mean he is good enough to win. He is over hyped but that’s not to say he isn’t good. He is. He is undoubtedly the second best Heavyweight in the world.

And the older Klitschko gets, and the more experience Wilder gains, the more the fight becomes winnable for him.

The next two years we will likely see a changing of the guard, just not right now.

Of course we all want an explosive, knock-out merchant, American heavyweight champion, it’s great for the sport of boxing but Wladimir has been there and done it.

Deontay hasn’t done anything, yet…

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