Deontay Wilder

Wilder plans to shock the world 
By Igor Frank

It’s been a long time since American heavyweight created a buzz among boxing fans. Most American big boy athletes skip boxing in favor of football or basketball where they see better financial opportunities. Ukrainian Klitschko brothers have dominated heavyweight landscape for the past decade. Prior to that it was British champion, Lennox Lewis. Despite having a great success at most coveted division in boxing, American fighter Evander Holyfield was a not a true heavyweight. He started his glorious career at 175 pounds. 
 Perhaps the last American heavyweight that got fans in a frenzy was Mike Tyson. Mike pulverized his opponents and ignited fire in the hearts of fans. It took Tyson exactly 91 seconds to knock out former Olympic champion, Michael Spinks. No one who paid for the Pay per View requested their money back. That took place twenty seven years ago. 
Is America ready for a new heavyweight star? Former Olympic bronze medalist from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Deontay Wilder believes he is the one. Ever since turning pro in 2008 Wilder amassed an impressive record of zero losses and 32 wins, all by a knock out. He is scheduled to challenge WBC heavyweight champion, Bermane Stiverne for his crown on January 17th. Showtime will televise the event live form MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. 
“I think this is the most anticipated heavyweight bout in a long time,” said Wilder during a recent international media conference call:” There is a lot of energy in my home city.” Despite Wilder’s perfect record and 100% KO ratio, critics are not yet convinced.” I have heard nothing but excuses for my 32 wins by KO,” said Wilder, 29:” And when I get 33 I don’t want to hear anything about it. I don’t want people to discredit me anymore. But the time has come to change that.” 
“32-0, 32 Kos, against who?” questioned Camille Estephan, Stiverne’s manager during the same telephone conference:” We believe this is choreographed career, very well done. Good job. But I believe Wilder will quickly realize that fighting at this level is a whole different universe. Bermane will make a statement. Don’t blink guys; I really hope all the fans on this planet get to realize who the new Mike Tyson is.” 
Haitian born Bermane Stiverne won the WBC heavyweight title vacated by Vitally Klitschko when he knocked out Mexican-American, Chris Arreola in April of 2014 in Los Angeles. Stiverne demonstrated considerable skills and power in his title bid and he believes Deontay Wilder is no match for him. “January 17 is going to be a short night,” said Stiverne (24-1-1,21KO’S):” And it’s going to be painful.” 
However, built like a Greek god, standing at 6’7” tall with an 83” reach, with concussive power and athleticism, Wilder believes he has a chance against anybody, including seemingly unbeatable Wladimir Klitschko.” I have a chance to shock the world and I just can’t wait for it,” said Wilder who stopped very capable Malik Scott in the first round earlier this year in what was WBC elimination bout:” This is my time. This is me! I don’t want to be compared to other fighters. I want to build my own legacy.” 
But it is not just his physical gifts; Wilder believes that it is dedication to his craft that will help him bring heavyweight division back to its glory days.” I am not your average heavyweight,” Wilder said:” I go to work all day, every day as if it’s my 9 to 5 job.” 
Considering records of both combatants, January 17th heavyweight showdown promises to be explosive. ” I don’t get paid for overtime,” Wilder said:” So why go all the way, that’s why I finish thing early in the ring.”