While Wilder should not take Duhaupas lightly, the fight in Birmingham, Alabama, is not expected to be competitive. Headlining the card is rising Heavyweight star Deontay Wilder. “That’s the plan. That’s always been the plan and I’m making sure that plan is played out like it’s supposed to”. Current WBC Heavyweight champion, winning the belt from Stiverne, who claimed it after Vitali Klitschko retired as champion.
“We’re bringing it back”. It will be the first heavyweight title bout televised on primetime by NBC since Larry Holmes’ defense against Carl Williams in May 1985, five months before Wilder was born.
As fast as Wilder has climbed the ladder, the expectation is for Wilder to never slow down. I’m excited about all the fans that will be tuning in on NBC.
Deontay Wilder knocked out Eric Molina in his last fight on June 13. Before Stiverne, Wilder had never faced a top opponent. How obscure is the 34-year-old Duhaupas? “Perhaps even in [his hometown of] Abbeville, France, that might be the case”, joked Marv Albert, who will call the fight for NBC.
It’s possible that Wilder could look to have one more fight before stepping in the ring with tactical Klitschko.
The excitement for him has much to do with going from the limited audience of pay channels to network television for the first time. The heavyweight division has suffered some decline.
While Wilder is a heavy favorite, there may be a bit more pressure on his shoulders than usual due to the overall importance of the matchup. The Alabama native has won all 34 of his fights, 33 of which have been decided by knockout.
Well, we’re going to find out. “He’s fighting guys we don’t know names of or how to pronounce where they came from”. “This guy can be an instant millionaire in one night”.
What Wilder’s trainers don’t want is for him to get overly focused on knocking the Frenchman out.
“I nearly laughed all day about it”, Wilder said. Do I have to say more?
All right, so what Santayana actually said was, “Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. “I’m definitely an active champion”.
Duhaupas smiled as he stepped to the podium and said, “Nice to meet you, Deontay”. Deontay knows what a challenge this is. I have friends all over the world who have told me not to look past him. The heavyweights are the hard hitters. Right now, there are two tall guys with power that are determined and dedicated.
Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) has been a pro since 2004.
Wilder’s Olympic medal has been a first-class ticket for a bullet train towards the WBC title, stopping only to wreak havoc on whatever overmatched opponents were set in front of him. My last fight was a disappointment, and that’s all the commenters seemed interested in during the pre-fight interviews.
“Deontay’s a great fighter that hits very hard”. “I think we’re preparing the fight the best we can do”.
Wladimir Klitschko holds multiple heavyweight titles, and he’s dominated the division for the last decade. I think he’s an outstanding athlete and that knockout percentage speaks for itself. Should Wilder defeat Povetkin, the talk for a Klitschko showdown will grow more intense. How do I feel about my performance? I love what I do.
“(Muhammad) Ali used to say, ‘After I leave boxing, boxing gonna die because it won’t have nobody like me.’ He said that all the time. “If she was a woman, I’d put a ring on her”.