The former undisputed heavyweight champion is always good value as a pundit on today’s boxing and he’s nailed it once again
To the surprise of virtually no one, Deontay Wilder breezed past Dominic Breazeale in New York last night.
Still, to win in the first round with such a brutal KO against a mandatory challenger is very impressive and unexpected.
Wilder is now unbeaten in all his 42 bouts with 40 KOs to his name, but fans still believe he hasn’t really been tested by the best yet.
And when he has, Tyson Fury, in many eyes, beat him.
Of course, that fight would ultimately go down as a draw but fans want to see him take on fellow Brits, Dillian Whyte – who has been the number one WBC contender for over 560 days – and WBO, IBF, IBO and WBA (Super) champion Anthony Joshua.
Following his 137 second victory over Breazeale, the last undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis had his say on the American.
He tweeted: “It didn’t seem like Breazele brought much to the table tonite. Dunno what he was doing w/ the left hook & u also don’t wait on a puncher. u get out on him from the start. Wilder once again showed his devastating power but probably won’t learn much from this one.”
It’s true: that’s not a fight where Wilder will have sharpened his tools and, as many expected beforehand, Breazeale was not really a worthy challenger.
Boxing fans everywhere know the kind of fighters that are, and it’s not the Oscar Ruiz Jrs or Tom Schwarzs of the world.
Wilder did offer some hope that he may fight Joshua sooner rather than later after his win, though.
“All parties involved are talking,” Wilder told Showtime. “There’s too many people and opinions involved. It will take our teams to sit down, handle things, squash everything and get it done for the fans.
“The big fights will happen the way we all benefit. We risk our lives in here, so let us get our time to iron out our differences and you guys will know when it happens.”