Wilder Mauls Duhaupas

By Robert Ecksel on September 26, 2015
Wilder Mauls Duhaupas
Tyson Fury needs an opponent and he needs an opponent now. (AP/Brynn Anderson)

With advantages in height, reach, athleticism, power and age, Wilder had too much of everything for the game but outclassed Frenchman…

Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, (35-0, 34 KOs), from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, stopped Johann Duhaupas (32-3, 20 KOs), from Abbeville, Somme, France, at 0:55 of round 11.

Fighting out of the blue corner in crimson and gold, Wilder drew first blood from the bridge of his opponent’s nose in the first round. With advantages in height, reach, athleticism, power and age, Wilder had too much of everything for his game but outclassed challenger.

But Duhaupas, fighting out of the red corner in black and brown trunks, has bottom to spare. He can take a punch. He caused the champion’s left eye to swell. He forced Wilder to dig deeper than he’s accustomed. He managed to keep a noncompetitive fight more or less interesting.

Duhaupas frequently pressed the action and drove Wilder to the ropes. But he isn’t skilled enough, nor did he hit hard enough, to discourage Wilder from letting his hands go. In addition to his jackhammer jab and booming right, Wilder has added an uppercut to his arsenal. That the Frenchman was able to eat those punches while staying upright speaks volumes about his toughness.

But when all was said and done, Wilder had landed 326 of 587 punches thrown (56%) to 98 of 332 (30%) for Duhaupas. It was less a fair fight than a public execution, even though the victim gave the executioner something to think about.

Wilder is still a work in progress, as has been the case since he turned pro almost seven years ago, and as he reminded us during his post-fight remarks. Being a late starter in a sport as unforgiving as boxing, while having won a heavyweight title in the process, is too significant an accomplishment to ignore. But Wilder, despite his perfect record, despite the adulation, looks like a fighter waiting to be beaten. It won’t be the likes of Johann Duhaupas that will do it. If it’s going to happen, and there’s always a possibility that it may never happen, it will be when he fights a top 10 fighter, or preferably another titleholder.

The only other titleholder in his division is Wladimir Klitschko (or Klitschkoff as Marv Albert called him on NBC). But with the 38-year-old Dr. Steelhammer out of commission with a calf injury, which has postponed his fight with Tyson Fury, Wilder’s options may be shrinking as his reputation grows.

Once Klitschko (or Klitschkoff) heals and has his fight with Fury, however many months that is from now, Wilder may get his shot at the Big Kahuna. But Fury needs an opponent and he needs an opponent now. Wilder wants to fight every few months. Why not step it up get it on with the Irish Gypsy? He doesn’t have a title, and perhaps that’s a drawback, but he’s big enough, and maybe even skilled enough, to add some spice to a moribund division…unless you and your team don’t think you’re ready for quite so stiff a challenge.

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  1. NYIrish 07:58pm, 09/28/2015

    I just watched this one. Chuvalo would have stopped Wilder. He wasn’t just a shock absorber. He had a murderous left hook to the body and head. Stepped in behind a heavy double and triple jab then went downstairs. Wilder has lapses when he is VERY easy to hit. Too late for Chuvalo but somebody else is gonna dump him.

  2. KB 07:18pm, 09/27/2015

    Fight Arreola next and put him out of his misery once and for all. Then maybe Hughie Fury to set up a family feud type of thing, Or maybe the winner of Teper-Helenius.

  3. KB 07:15pm, 09/27/2015

    Wilder needs to set down on and shorten his punches. Generating power with wide and looping shots is a dangerous game with someone like Povetkin who can get inside them and spread him out like peanut butter. He needs to work on short but sharp combos that compliment his already decent uppercuts.

  4. Pete The Sneak 04:05pm, 09/27/2015

    Seeing that ‘Jab’ from Duhaupas land and land without much effort on Wilders eye told me that if he was fighting someone who really knew how to jab consistently, this might have been an early night for the Gentleman wearing Bronze…Take that for what you want it to mean…Peace…

  5. No10Count 01:41pm, 09/27/2015

    This is why 98% of Haymon fighters fight no ones.
    If you think otherwise - who had ever heard of Duhaupas before this fight? Haymon picks opponents with credible paper #‘s but lack real #‘s.

    As small as Povetkin is - if these 2 fight within the next year I would bet on Povetkin. 

    Now and for some time Wilder will be nothing more than a paper champion unless he fight credible fighters:
    Takam, Joshua, Jennings, Teper, or Glazkov.
    Hell even Pulev or Thompson. Though Thompson is past his prime and Pulev needs to fight someone else beforehand as he has been out of the ring since his loss to Klitchko almost a year ago.

  6. KB 09:25am, 09/27/2015

    How much accumulated punishment is too much? Reis needed to move in sooner—maybe between rounds.

  7. peter 05:36am, 09/27/2015

    Yes—Duhaupas is the new George Chuvalo. And Chuvalo was the new Tommy Farr. All three fighters were limited men who gained respect and stature by losing. It was an interesting fight even though the result was a fore-drawn conclusion. Hats off to Duhaupas. Wilder’s straight right hand did not impress—but his uppercut and infighting did.

  8. Clarence George 01:53am, 09/27/2015

    Although Duhaupas offers little in terms of skill, I was massively impressed by his Chuvalo-like toughness.  I was hoping it would go the 12, if only to rob Wilder of yet another win by KO or TKO, but the ref was absolutely right to stop it when he did.  As for Wilder himself…he stinks.

    Marv Albert seems to be stuck in the Cold War.  After all, a “Russian” is more likely to be called “Klitschkoff” (or Klitschkov) than whatever the hell his name actually is.  I’m not convinced, by the way, that there’ll ever be a Klitschko-Wilder fight.  The Ukrainian has to be damn close to retirement, and the Alabaman is nowhere near ready to face him.  Never will be, of course, unless Klitschko (of whom I’m not a fan) has to be wheeled into the ring.

    While I was rooting for Kassi in the co-feature, I gave it to Breazeale, albeit by a very narrow margin.  The judges’ scoring, particularly the 100-90, was straight out of Samuel Beckett.

  9. Nick 08:34pm, 09/26/2015

    A bit of a showcase fight but an effective one. What I take away from this is that Wilder has excellent stamina. I have not seen so many hard punches thrown in the HW division in awhile. Duhaupas was impressive in one area. He has a sickeningly good chin. I have read on some other boards that Povetkin is the boogie man that would destroy Wilder and frankly I do not see it. Wlad, Fury, Haye fights are to far away to realistically analyze. I think he will fight Tarver and hopefully eventually Povetkin. I’d favor him to knock Povetkin out on the strength that Povetkin went life and death with Huck, and went down 5 times vs Wlad and Wlad could have and should have ended the fight but did not go for it. Wilder definitely seems to go for it.

  10. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 08:10pm, 09/26/2015

    Wilder springing into the air like a Watusi dancer in that last frenzied assault on Duhaupas. Starting to look like Fury, Joshua and yes, Haye could do a lot more than swell up that eye.

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