August 8th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
DEONTAY WILDER A BRIGHT SPOT IN THE DARK SKY
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).
TRAINED BY BEST AMATEUR FIGHTER IN HISTORY
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.
LONE AMERICAN HOPE LOOKS LIKE POTENTIAL SAVIOR
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.
THEY SAY WILDER CAN TAKE A PUNCH TOO!
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.
WILDER LEFT COLLEGE TO SUPPORT A SICK CHILD!
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.