Deontay Wilder and the Pole
Wawrzyk’s chances of beating Wilder are slim to none. He is tough, but he lacks Wilder’s size, skills and athleticism…
On Saturday, February 25, at Legacy Arena at the BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama, televised live on FOX and FOX Deportes, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs), “The Bronze Bomber” fighting out of Tuscaloosa, defends his title against once-beaten Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs), the 29-year-old from Krakow, Poland.
Andrzej Wawrzyk is the next man chosen to succumb to Wilder’s power. His record is admirable. He has better than average power. He has fought and won for a decade. Wawrzyk’s only loss was in 2013, but it was a biggie, a third round TKO to Alexander Povetkin. He has wins over Frans Botha and Danny Williams, which speak for themselves, and has won his last six fights, all by early stoppage, including the vacant Polish heavyweight title in his last fight, a TKO over Albert Sosnowski.
The fight against Wawrzyk will be Wilder’s first since injuring his hand and bicep in finally forcing Chris Arreola to submit. It will be the fifth defense of the title Wilder won by beating Bermane Stiverne in January 2015.
“I’m excited about defending my world championship for a fifth time and in front of my great fans at Legacy Arena in Birmingham on February 25,” said Wilder. “It’s always fun to display my talents in front of the hometown fans. It’s an opportunity that I always look forward to and it brings out the best in me. I’m healthy and I’m ready to put on a fantastic show.”
Wawrzyk’s chances of beating Wilder are slim to none. He is tough, all of Wilder’s opponents are tough, but he lacks the champion’s size, skills and athleticism.
“I’m extremely motivated to fight for the heavyweight title against a great fighter like Deontay Wilder,” said Wawrzyk. “Fighting for the world title has always been my dream. To fight against such a great athlete as Wilder is an extremely difficult challenge, but one I am ready for. I have trained for this since I was a teenager. On February 25 I will step into the ring ready to fight and win against the most dangerous man on the planet.”
With wins over Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas, Artur Szpilka and Chris Arreola in his last four fights, it’s not clear what beating Andrzej Wawrzyk does for Wilder’s reputation. He may have the most KOs in a division that is a mile wide and inch deep, but Deontay Wilder needs some stiff competition.