Deontay Wilder

San Francisco, CA– Having went from defending boxing to being mute on the subject, I tried real hard to find something positive to write about today. That being said, congrats are in order for Maricela Cornejo, the Las Vegas, NV boxing gym owner who won her professional debut over the weekend. On the male side of the pugilistic spectrum, we have Deontay Wilder, the 2008 Olympic Bronze medal winner who has pushed his professional record to 24-0, 24 KOs, this after a three-knockdown first round win this weekend over Trinidad’s Kertson Manswell (22-6, 17 KOs).


A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Wilder looks like the best American heavyweight prospect since Riddick Bowe blossomed for a minute in the decade of the 90s. In his corner is the mild-mannered 1984 Olympic champ Mark Breland, who although won a welterweight title as a professional, was without question the best amateur boxer in history going 110-1. And while it might be a bit premature, Deontay has the size to become a wrecking ball in the heavyweight division seeing he stands at 6’7 and scales 228 lbs. Size aside, the “Bronze Bomber” as he’s aptly titled, can fight, punch and box.


The fact that Wilder has skills and power, not to mention size and more importantly discipline, this makes him a contender, possibly the best chance we have in America to snuff out the Klitschko bros., Vitali or Wladimir. After I watched the 26-year old, I was truly impressed. Two or three more “work” fights and Deontay will be ready for a top ten contender. After crossing that bridge, I say bring on Wlad or Vitali. While there are many who think I might be putting the cart before the horse, a lot of you said the same thing when I talked about Andre Ward, Robert Guerrero, even Nonito Donaire, current world champions when they were still green.


The real intangible when it comes to a talented boxer/puncher like Wilder is how will he respond when he gets hit on the button? From my railbirds who have closely watched the ascension of the Alabaman since his start in 2005, this before winning the U.S. Championships and the National Golden Glove titles, they say he can even though he was dropped in a 2010 slugfest with Harold Sconiers, whom he decked four times. One win that really stands out as an amateur is his win over heavily favored Rakhim Chakhkiyev, the 2008 Olympic Gold medal winner in Beijing, this prior to the games in a dual meet pitting the U.S. vs. Russia.


After finishing Tuscaloosa Central High School in 2004, Wilder had dreams of excelling in both basketball and football for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Then came the birth of his daughter Naieya in 2005 who suffers from a spinal condition forced Wilder to embark on a professional boxing career. Wilder is at a point where he has to either s*it or get off the pot. Because whether you want to acknowledge it or not, boxing in America is propelled by having the heavyweight champion.

Pedro Fernandez


  • Rushing Wilder to a title fight any time soon is probably a cash out.

    Drawing parallels to Ward and Donaire misses one crucial point: Ward and Donaire took up boxing as kids, they turned pro with thousands more gym hours than Wilder has even now with an inventory of boxing moves and reactions programmed deep into their brains and muscle memory.

    Of course there is no point of waiting too much if he’s not going to step up the level of opposition. It might be better for hom boxing-wise to get the experience now even if he fails – except that if you put alot of expectations on his shoulders it might damage him psychologicallyof he can’t deliver.

    Personally I’d like to see him take on ex-Klitschko opponents like Arreola, Chambers, Solis, Thompson, Haye or Adamek. If he can get 2 or 3 of those guys and beat at least one of them worse than a Klitschko did, then he’s got some ground to stand on.

  • Definitely want to see more of Wilder. lot of good potential fan friendly fights can be made at heavyweight the don’t involve the Klitshkos. Wilder vs Tyson Fury or how about Arreola vs Wilder at Staples?? I like how Wilder carries himself like a real fighter and openly willing to face anybody. I’ll def. be tuning in to his next scrap..

  • The kids managment needs to step up, and now before its too late. They either need this kid fighting more fights a years or better compitition. personaly I would love to see both but I doubt thats gonna happen.
    He needs to be put in with differant styles and with guy that can provide real resistance. At this point he has to sink or swim, he`s been in the game long enough. Theres are plenty of mid range and lower top ten guys out there to put this kid in with.

  • Bryant Jennings is the truth!! Would love to see these two face off to see who the best heavyweight in the US is

  • Deontay needs to fight some top twenty and then top ten guys in his upcoming fights. He’s been in some real mismatches lately and the time is now. He moved up slowly as did Andre Ward and it may pay off, but he’s not getting any younger. I hear Fres Oquendo is having problems getting a fight. I think that’s a good start.

  • Pedro Fernandez

    Thanks for the kind words Daniel!

  • I remember a couple of years ago looking at Golden Boy’s site and looking at their roster and there was one lone Heavyweight at the time Deontay Wilder. Since then I have been youtubing his fights after the fact and watching the kid all along. I have really wondered why they have put their heavyweight stock in Seth Mitchell and not given any shine on Deontay. I feel bad because I did not even know he was fighting on ESPN2, as I have immersed myself in love ones lately and have been ignoring boxing the past few weeks. I am glad he has finally made it on TV and hope to see him test his skills soon against real opposition. Another great article outside of the box as always Mr. Fernandez, thank you.

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