Watching the long reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko this week was an odd study of contrast to Deontay Wilder. A few days ago, Klitschko sat at the podium while taking part in a press conference for his upcoming defense against the outrageously crude Tyson Fury.
Fury, who showed up in a weird “Batman” ensemble he appeared to have tailored himself (while perhaps intoxicated), did his best to rattle the champion through theater, and looked like a buffoon both in and out of costume. This was especially the case when compared to Klitschko, who himself had the look of a stately James Bond. There is absolutely nothing in Fury to suggest he’ll remind you of a superhero or a capable villain whenever they fight at the Espirit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. Originally scheduled for October 24th, the bout has been postponed due to a minor calf injury suffered by the champ as revealed this morning.
Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) is still set to defend The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts against the 6-foot-9, 260 lb monstrosity that is Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) around Thanksgiving at the same venue.”Dear fans, I’m sorry to inform you that I have to postpone my fight against Tyson Fury due a minor injury,” spilled Klitschko, 39, while no doubt bothered by the setback. “I’m working hard to reschedule the fight and as soon as I know I will keep you posted about the new date.”
Assuming he does meet Fury around that time, expect Wlad to summarily dismiss the loud, clumsy and cumbersome Fury in less than 4 rounds.
The only world title belt he is not in possession of was being defended this past Saturday night on NBC, courtesy of Al Haymon’s Premiere Boxing Champions, as Deontay Wilder delighted a partisan Alabama crowd to dispatch French pastry Johann Duhaupas via 11th round TKO. Wilder, 29, the WBC heavyweight champion courtesy of an athletic clinic over Bermane Stiverne, bounced bombs all over the head of the hapless Duhaupas until the referee decided he’d seen enough.
“Everybody wants it. I want it. He wants it. He’s going to come to America to do this fight. I’m satisfied. That fight is definitely going to happen, and when it happens it’s going to be one of the biggest fights in heavyweight history.”
Deontay Wilder, when asked about facing Wladimir Klitschko after defeating Johann Duhaupas
More than likely, Wilder would face Alexander Povetkin (who looked like a monster in destroying Mike Perez in May) in his next defense. Provided he beats Povetkin and Klitschko spanks Fury, then the stage would be set for the two to meet. Klitschko has spoken openly about his desire to unify and annex all of the world titles before retirement, and a bout with Wilder would be the most intriguing heavyweight championship bout since his brother Vital challenged Lennox Lewis in 2003. The competitive balance of such a fight would’ve probably been non-existent a year ago, as a very green Wilder would’ve been no match for Klitschko. But a year from now, Wlad’s former sparring partner may have the seasoning required to end one of the most dominant heavyweight reigns in history.
Klitschko, still the most impressive physical specimen in the sport, showed serious signs of wear and tear while outlasting Bryant Jennings over 12 rounds at Madison Square Garden in New York City this past April. He made it past the youthful and determined effort of Jennings strictly because of experience.
Although Wilder was dominant over Duhaupas, he was hardly facing world-class opposition in the Frenchmen, and was nailed with several flush shots mainly due to poor technique and defensive liabilities. Wilder does not move his upper body to slip shots at all and relies on volume and athleticism to win. The fact that his vaunted power has been short-circuited in his past two fights as he’s been in with better opposition, also has to be a concern for the “Bomb Squad”. In an encounter with “Dr. Steelhammer”, this could prove disastrous against the tall fighting and methodical 1-2 punch ability of the powerful Klitschko. In 2016, this is a potential fight that will be all over the radar of fight fans around the world– and we love it.
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