British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn was speaking about Deontay Wilder and questioning why the WBC heavyweight champion isn’t extra nicely-recognized in the USA.
“Deontay Wilder is a basic instance of a man who must be a celebrity in America,” Hearn informed The Submit lately. “He’s an thrilling fighter. He’s a puncher. He seems nice. He’s an Adonis. He’s an excellent talker. Most of all, he’s the world heavyweight champion from America. However fact is, how many individuals actually know Deontay Wilder?”
It’s a legitimate query that frustrates even Wilder, the arduous-punching unbeaten champion from Alabama. He’ll look to realize extra followers with a powerful efficiency Saturday night time when he defends his title towards Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KOs) at Barclays Middle. Showtime additionally will televise the featured undercard bout pitting former welterweight champion Shawn Porter (27-2-1, 17 KOs) towards Adrian Granados (18-5-2, 12 KOs) of Mexico. Sergey Lipinets and Akihiro Kondo will battle for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title, whereas Amanda Serrano and Seanie Monaghan are additionally on the cardboard.
A scarcity of exercise and excessive-profile opponents have labored to maintain Wilder (38-zero, 37 KOs) from producing the type of following that turns into pay-per-view riches. This can be his first battle in 9 months and second up to now sixteen, a span that included recovering from a damaged hand and torn biceps.
In Stiverne, he meets his WBC obligatory challenger in a rematch of their first bout, from January 2015. Stiverne turned the one fighter to go the space with Wilder, who captured a unanimous choice to win the coveted WBC belt. Stiverne sees a special consequence this time.
“He’s a digital camera boy, who needs to placed on a present when the cameras are on,” Stiverne stated after weighing-in at 254 ¾ kilos on Friday. “I’m going to knock you out.”
Wilder was a lean 220 ¾ kilos.
“I say what I imply and I imply what I say,” the champion stated. “This belt isn’t going anyplace.”
Wilder was initially scheduled to defend towards unbeaten Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz (27-zero, 23 KOs) in a bout that might have drawn extra consideration. However Ortiz examined constructive for a banned substance and was pulled from the cardboard. He was the third opponent focused for Wilder to check constructive for a banned substance.
Wilder is hoping one other win over Stiverne will result in a showdown in 2018 with Anthony Joshua, the unbeaten IBF heavyweight champion from Britain, who’s promoted by…