Wilder Steps Up—Finally

By Ted Sares on February 1, 2014
Wilder Steps Up—Finally
Wilder will fight Malik Scott at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

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.

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  1. tyleradams 07:55pm, 02/06/2014

    Deontay Wilder is an exciting knock out artist, only time will tell if he Is another Mac Foster, or has the ability to be a great heavyweight for years to come.

  2. BIKERMIKE 06:40pm, 02/03/2014

    ..another divorce…and she took my dog ffs..but I got to keep my house this time

    been away from the boxing scene….will be catching up soon

  3. BIKERMIKE 06:34pm, 02/03/2014

    Geez Ted…..Chisora is streaking….and I don’t mean naked….

    What a mental picture…

    I always look forward to the articles…but your rapier like wit is just as pleasurable to read and learn from ....(‘cept that shit about leonard beating Hagler)

  4. BIKERMIKE 06:25pm, 02/03/2014

    HW prospects and contenders getting protected ??????...in Professional Boxing ??!!...forsooth…...who knew ??

    Still ...as the Klitschko lads become grandfathers….it is clear that they are on the ‘back nine’ of the choke hold they’ve had on HW Boxing Titles…or at least three of the four of them…

    TImes are heating up for the Heavyweights….and Ted is just the guy to read…when it comes to who is ...and who ain’t ...a real threat.

    I notice Ted is silent on Arreola….so ...let me fill in the void….

    The Mexican eclipse has been active..if fighting once a year is active ..he has proved consistently ..to be..at best…
    .a highly paid club fighter…who’s ability to gather tallow about his midriff has been the one consistent ability throughout his career…..

    Still ...he is considered a gate keeper of some marker in the hw situation…

    Just how many golden parachutes does this fat bar fighter get…Got a swack of high paying elimination and some more TITLE SHOTS….c’mon….some of his investors are still gonna wring some nickles out of this guy ..before he can’t pass a medical….

    I’d say Arreola gets about a penny for every ten dollars ....that has come to the ‘syndicate’

  5. BIKERMIKE 06:13pm, 02/03/2014

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    Absofknlutely !!!

  6. Thresher 08:04pm, 02/01/2014

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  7. Ted 07:20pm, 02/01/2014

    Dan, I saw that knockdown and it was no big thing IMO.

  8. kid vegas 06:15pm, 02/01/2014

    I fell off my chair laughing when I got to the end of that post

  9. Dan Adams 05:24pm, 02/01/2014

    Ted, good article…I think things will play out as you say, at least until Wilder fights the winner of the rematch between Stiverne-Arreola; but I don’t know…to me Deontay still looks like a bad KO waiting to happen.  I hope not, though…I like the kid’s power and his aggressiveness; still, I can’t help but wonder about him being moved so very slow, and I can’t help but wonder why absolutely no one can find a clip of Wilder being knocked down by Harold Sconiers… is it to help hide the fact that Wilder can’t take a punch?  Like you, I am glad to see Deontay Wilder finally - FINALLY - making a move.  Just not so sure how it’s all going to turn out.

  10. Larry Link 05:02pm, 02/01/2014


  11. Ted 02:11pm, 02/01/2014

    Great way to put it.

  12. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 02:08pm, 02/01/2014

    Ted Sares-Thanks! This one is an onion with lots of layers to be sure.

  13. Ted 01:29pm, 02/01/2014

    I love it as does my wife. I love it because I am so familiar with the chocolate Bayou area of Louisiana where all the chemical companies are located (I worked for Monsanto back in the 60’s). That’s a great place to set a serial killer loose. I also like the contrast in the two cops and the hypocrisy of Woody.

    The thing kind of reminds me of a movie called “The Texas Killing Field,: but this has deeper meaning. Lots of angles like the religious/political one and the maniac being a righteous maniac which hopefully we will see soon.

    All in all, the nuances in this one are truly genius and I never thought I would be willing to set aside the Walking Dead for another series but since they are both on at 9 next week, I will watch TD and catch WD later in the week.

    I really dig serial killers and mass murderers but zombies also rule. Vampires suck!!

  14. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:56pm, 02/01/2014

    Ted sares-All I took in was the body language, but my take away was that Tim was upset with the way the unusually strong for a teenager, Dusty imposed both his strength and impressive skill set on the mature 29 year old, but less experienced due to long periods of inactivity, Witherspoon. Which reminds me….I am very curious to read your writer’s eye take on “True Detective” so far….I know you are seeing things there that I’m missing, though I’m really into it.

  15. Ted 12:22pm, 02/01/2014

    Irish, why was Tim Sr. pissed off? Teddy never explained it as he was too busy making a fool out of himself with the Kid Blast thing.

  16. Ted 12:21pm, 02/01/2014

    But first he must get by a tough Stiverne.

    In the meantime, Jennings seems to be getting stiffed in all of this unless he is looking to participate in the Wlad early retirement sweepstakes. Fury is all over the place. Chisora is streaking.—and I don’t mean naked.

  17. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 12:21pm, 02/01/2014

    Ted Sares-Looks like Bryant Jennings is MIA…..which reminds me…. someone needs to tell Dusty Hernandez-Harris that some asshats interpret overt acts of sportsmanship as provocative….at least Tim Witherspoon does, especially when you’ve just outfought his son, who by the way had given it his all in a losing effort. It appears that young Witherspoon was the one who had to calm Tim down, even though he had just receipted for a hard fought, hurtful loss.

  18. Tex Hassler 11:49am, 02/01/2014

    It will be interesting to see how Wilder does when he steps up. I am not sure we have yet seen Chris Arreola in great shape physically. Should Chris come in the ring in top shape he might just wreck the Wilder train.

  19. Ted 11:35am, 02/01/2014

    After Scott, it could be said that he really hasn’t really stepped up. Malik is power-challenged. Thus, the ALANAMA GIANT CAN SIMPLY WALK OVER HIM AND MUG HIM IN PLAIN SIGHT.

  20. Don from Prov 10:47am, 02/01/2014

    What could I have meant by “in plain SITE”?????? 
    Beats me.  Anyway, yes, “No guts, no glory.”  These shites need to start stepping up.  I have to say though, I’ve never seen Arreola look “different.”  I do feel some anticipation about the Scott fight, would be really interested in Wilder/Stiverne, and would be ecstatic in plain site if Wilder = a real guy.

  21. kid vegas 10:44am, 02/01/2014

    Finally is right!!!!!!!!!

  22. Ted 10:39am, 02/01/2014

    No guts no glory Prov

    against Scott it won’t matter if he has a chin because he will ice Malik the first time he connects flush. Arreola will be different and Stiverne has a very dangerous style for Wilder. He has relaxed, has great balance, and especially good hand speed. If he gets inside and lands a combo, we will find out about Wilder’s chin right there and then. I saw Stiverne fight years ago in walk out at Foxwoods and he nearly killed the guy.

  23. Don from Prov 09:29am, 02/01/2014

    Yeah, well—I’ve had chances to make history too and it ain’t enough by itself.
    As far as decapitating in plain site: I still don’t believe that Wilder has a chin.  If I see that he does, then I will tentatively place a single foot along the edge of his very meager bandwagon.

  24. Ted 09:02am, 02/01/2014

    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.”

    It’s Arreola’s last chance and I think he is up to it. Stiverne is overrated but would have a more dangerous style for Wilder.

    If Wilder gets pass Chris’s normal first round bull rush, he will decapitate the tough Mexican American in plain sight.

  25. Don from Prov 08:57am, 02/01/2014

    Well, they are taking a step up anyway—
    But trying to avoid a puncher: Red flags should remain up, Mr. Sares, at least for now.  Why do you take it for granted that Arreola is going beat Stiverne?

    And if Wilder does face Arreola and doesn’t knock him silly—
    Well, that chin could get a fairly real test anyway,

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