By Scott Gilfoid:
Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) is on the cusp of big things in 2014, as he expects to fight for a world title in 2014 and go on long, long title run with the straps that he picks up. But in the meantime before he gets his shot against one of the Klitschko brothers, Deontay wants to get a big named contender so that he can show the boxing world his talent.
Unfortunately, Deontay is having huge problems trying to get the top contenders to fight him, because he feels they’re afraid of his massive one-punch power. He’s tried to get fights against Tyson Fury, Dereck Chisora, Bryant Jennings, Chris Arreola and Tyson Fury and struck out each time.
It puts Deontay in the position where he has to fight lesser guys because the top contenders are dragging their heels when it comes to meeting him in the ring to show who’s the better man.Deontay told Sports Illustrated “A lot of guys are scared of me. They are scared of my power. Every man that has stood in front of me has been down…When you see a guy on the canvas twitching like they are seizing, it scares them. Fighters know I’m a risk to their careers.”
With many fighters presenting roadblocks for Deontay in keeping him from getting fights against them, it makes it tough for Deontay to be able to show what he can do to in the ring. It kind of puts Deontay in a situation where he’s literally forced to fight the middle of the road fighters simply because he’s having no luck in getting the other contenders to risk their resumes to face him.
The heavyweight division really needs champion like Deontay to bring life back into it with his exciting Mike Tyson-like performances. Deontay would be a breath of fresh air to a stagnating heavyweight division. What’s going to be interesting is to see how many KOs Deontay can get before his first opponent is able to go the distance. If Deontay can past 45 to capture the heavyweight record for consecutive KO’s, he’s going to be really drumming up a great deal of excitement.
The good news is that when and if Deontay captures his first world title, he’s going to have no problems finding opponents for him to fight because everyone wants a world title shot, and Deontay would be able to pick and choose which fighters he wants to defend his title against in terms of his optional title defenses.