Saturday night in Las Vegas it was Deontay Wilder again prevailing and defending the WBC heavyweight championship. Nothing different with his proficiency to knock out opponents as he disposed Luis Ortiz for the second time in a year.
But this was Wilder as he is. The right punch and pardon the pun, at the right time. The time Deontay Wilder throws the right, again an opponent has no time to blink.
Wilder repeated the same thing last March at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Same slow start Saturday night and trailing on the scorecards, and then finding that opening to end things late in the seventh round.
The open was taking a left from Ortiz. The finish, don’t blink. That immediate and quick right to the head.
This is what makes Deontay Wilder, that ability to knock out opponents, 40 of them in 41 fights He is making history and the main goal is to unify the heavyweight title, and that can occur at some point in the new year.
We are talking about a heavyweight that is cementing a legacy. And the only thing remaining, as Wilder wants, is to unify the heavyweight titles.
He said, “I am the best one to own those titles.”
After a tentative rematch against Tyson Fury, February 22 is the date, Wilder should be in line to unify the titles. It would be a quick turnaround as he awaits the winner of the rematch with champion Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua in two weeks.
So why the talk? Why is Deontay Wilder in that discussion, more so, as possibly the best puncher in heavyweight history and among the current stable of top contenders?
But not many are as tall and rugged as Fury. When that rematch occurs, Fury could be the one who ends the Wilder streak of knockouts.
Among boxing’s biggest punchers, Deontay Wilder is as good as Joe Louis. “The Brown Bomber” won his first 23 bouts, 19 by knockout, 54 KO’s inm 71 bouts, including 22 KO’s in 25 successful defenses of his heavyweight crown.
He rivals those other legendary heavyweights. Rocky Marciano, undefeated with 43 knockouts in 49 fights, a slugging percentage of 87.7percent.
Archie Moore, Geroge Foreman? They were great punch artists. Moore holds the all-time record for total career knockouts which numbered anywhere from 130 to 143, depending on who was counting.
But Deontay Wilder? He is setting records. That’s 97 percent of slugging percentage and knockouts for this modern day heavyweight who envisions fighting another six years. “
“Wilder because of his tremendous right hand on any given day could knock out almost anyone, past or present,” said Ron Stevens the former New York State Athletic Commissioner.
Stevens has seen those legendary heavyweights at ringside and on film. He continues to witness the impact. Deontay Wilder is making an impact on the record books as an all-time heavyweight great.
So with a quick turnaround, Deontay Wilder is looking to continue this legacy and head for that quest to unify the titles.
Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. will be the next step. Assuming ,Widler gets past Fury. Joshua or Ruiz will be next in that unification quest.
And at this point, waiting for the right is something every heavyweight has to be concerned with. Not even Mike Tyson had that ability to concern his next opponent.
Possibly, with six more fights on his agenda, Deontay Wilder could become the richest heavyweight champion on record. Another knockout, well that is certain to top the last one.
For now, and if you enjoy the knockout in heavyweights, it’s all about Deontay Wilder.
Here is a look at the numbers from this latest knockout courtesy of CompuBox:
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