When the bell rang for Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder to begin no one knew what to expect. Wilder had been untested by his previous lackluster opposition and had never been past the fourth round. This left room for many questions. Question like, how was his stamina? Can he take a punch? What will happen if the knockout doesn’t come? Just to name a few. However after last nights performance by the Bronze bomber it is safe to say that the boxing world got answers to many, if not all, of those questions.
The height and range was a clear problem for Stiverne who would have to lunge in to make any kind of contact. The crisp jab of Wilder was constant and held the pace of the fight in his favor. Stiverne tried desperately to get inside but the movement of Wilder continued to frustrate him and that’s something we didn’t know Wilder was capable of doing. After a competitive, but mostly one sided fight, Deontay Wilder was awarded the WBC Heavyweight Championship belt. We learned that Wilder has a decent chin, he can fight for 12 hard rounds without running out of gas, and if the knockout doesn’t come he can remain patient, keep his composure, and most surprisingly box extremely well.
As Wilder became the new heavyweight champion of the world Fans everywhere are now calling for a Klitschko-Wilder mega fight and so am I. It’s been a long time since we have had a American heavyweight champion and it is time to face the true and biggest test in the heavyweight division; the kingpin, Wladamir Klitschko. However, as of now, Wilder and boxing fans will have to wait as Klitschko has a deal rumored to be done for April 25th against another undefeated American heavyweight, Bryant Jennings. Many experts aren’t giving Jennings a chance to win, my oh my, how things will get extremely interesting for US heavyweight boxing if Jennings can pull just a feat. Without a doubt, the heavyweight division is beginning to make noise once again.
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