Is Deontay Wilder being overlooked as Heavyweight Champion?


This past Saturday, Anthony Joshua won in very impressive fashion with a devastating third round TKO over Eric Molina. That fight set up a massive showdown with former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. After watching the massive celebration and praise for Anthony Joshua, I could not help but ask myself if Wilder was being overlooked as heavyweight champion of the world.

 

I will admit that I am a huge Anthony Joshua fan. Ever since he came out of the Olympics, he has impressed me with his evolution as a fighter. But, Deontay Wilder has been just as devastating in his career with an impressive 37 wins, which 36 of those have come in way of a knockout. As a matter of fact, Wilder beat Molina over a year ago when Molina was on a 5-fight win streak. But as in all sports, Boxing is also victim of the what have you done for me lately syndrome. Due to Wilder being injured and inactive, boxing fans are gravitating toward Anthony Joshua as the heir apparent to the heavyweight division. With his charm, good looks, and imposing physique, it is easy to see why people are making that assumption. Even Hollywood is getting in on the Anthony Joshua Business as he was used for a recent promo for the movie Central Intelligence. The truth is Anthony Joshua is hot right now, and Wilder is looking like the man holding one of his belts.

 

Truth be told, I like the Bronze Bomber as well. I love his story about how he got into boxing to help his ailing daughter. He has a great personality, he is an imposing figure, and he is a man who is proud to be the heavyweight champion. I am looking forward to seeing him return next year and to prove that he is still a force to be reckon with. If the boxing Gods are kind to us, we should get Joshua Vs Wilder by late 2017.  

Jules Philippe-Auguste

Boxing Fan/Aspiring Commentator looking to share my thoughts on the sport. Twitter-@jules_augus