For the first time in a long time the heavyweight division has the boxing world on the edge of their seats. Deontay Wilder has the chance to become the first American heavyweight champion since Shannon Briggs won a portion of the title in 2006. The man standing in his way is no pushover though. Bermane Stiverne poses the stiffest challenge of Deontay Wilder’s career; and possibly the first.The WBC heavyweight champion is a tough and cagey fighter who has long been under appreciated. He made short work of Cris Arreola en route to winning the then vacant WBC title.
Both men have made their intentions very clear for tonight. Both expect to end the others night early. But who wins?
Stiverne will be a huge test for the power punching American. Stiverne has solid boxing ability and sneaky power. He can go the distance against top level opposition and as he proved against Cris Arreola he does not succumb to wild aggression. Wilder’s biggest enemy tonight will be his lack of experience. In 32 professional fights, he has done very little that will prepare him for the test awaiting him inside the MGM Grand tonight. He clearly has the advantage in punching power and athletic ability, but what will he do the first time he is hurt in a professional fight?
This is a true pick em fight and could go either way. I think Wilder will survive a few shaky moments early and stop the rugged champion in the middle rounds.
Wilder has super stardom awaiting him tomorrow night… but it will be up to him to seize the opportunity and avoid being forever labeled as an over hyped fighter with a great manager and a big punch.