Wilder Steps Up—Finally
Deontay Wilder, who won the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games, has a professional record of 30-0 with 30 knockouts…
“The winner of this fight here will be the next mandatory for the winner of Arreola-Stiverne…The WBC rules stipulate that when two fighters fight for a vacant title, they will have to do an immediate mandatory and the winner of Deontay Wilder and Malik Scott will be that mandatory.”—Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer
Deontay Wilder, who won the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games and has a professional record of 30-0 with 30 knockouts, has finally agreed to fight someone capable of fighting back. The Tuscaloosa boxer will fight Philadelphian Malik Scott at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on March 15 in what is being called a title eliminator, which means the winner gets a shot at the WBC heavyweight crown though I’ll believe that when I see it.
Scott is 36-1-1 with only 13 KOs and lost to streaking Dereck Chisora in July 2013 on a controversial stoppage but has since rebounded with a confidence building TKO over limited Grover Young on January 24. His draw was against Ukrainian Vyacheslav “The Czar” Glazkov who is now 16-0-1 and will fight Tomasz Adamek in March.
Somewhere in this mix, Bryant “Bye-Bye” Jennings will need to play a role because he looked sharp in stopping young Polish prospect Artur “The Pin” Szpilka. At one point, a Scott vs. Jennings seemed inevitable but Chisora ruined that one. Down the road, Jennings can now target Wilder instead.
Meanwhile, Tyson Fury got into the act with this rant: via Edward Chaykovsky of BoxingScene: “Maybe if Deontay Wilder grows a pair of balls I might fight him as well. It’s more to do with Richard Schaefer; he’s the brains behind it all. He keeps saying my name and saying he’s offered me this and that but there’s never been anything in writing…”
The way I see this thing sorting out is that Wilder will do his part with a quick stoppage of the 6’4” Scott (who lacks the power to hold off Wilder) compliments of an big snapping right hand in the first or second round.
As for the winner of the Stiverne-Arreola rematch, I’ll go with what promoter Dan Goossen has to say; namely “…throw in the fact that history can be made by becoming the first heavyweight world champion of Mexican descent, and Arreola has the chance to make every ounce of his blood, sweat and tears he put into this sport come to a climatic and history-making victory.”
Bottom line: Arreola will eventually fight Wilder (while Vitali engages in politics) and Wilder will put a terrible beating on the Nightmare. And then an “American Heavyweight Savior” will have finally arrived—I think.