- •Reports on boxing for ESPN.co.uk, in addition to a number of nationwide newspapers
•Has been reporting on British boxing for over 15 years
•Appears on BoxNation’s Boxing Matters present
It was a straightforward night time for Deontay Wilder on Saturday as he defended his WBC heavyweight title by knocking out Bermane Stiverne within the first spherical.
What can we be taught from such a one-sided encounter at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, and the place does Wilder go subsequent?
There will not be a trilogy
Thankfully, there is no such thing as a likelihood of Wilder-Stiverne III. Stiverne, 39, had fought simply as soon as since he misplaced the WBC strap to Wilder in January 2015, getting back from a first-round knockdown to earn a unanimous factors determination win over Derric Rossy the next November.
That was nonetheless sufficient for him to be ranked No. 1 contender to Wilder by the WBC governing physique. However, this was such a demolition job that one factor we could be badured of — and grateful for — is that we can’t should see these two battle once more.
After two years out of motion, the out-of-shape challenger was shortly dispatched in an impressively scientific show. According to CompuBox stats, Stiverne did not even land a punch in a $506,250 pay day.
Wilder takes care of enterprise
Wilder was sad at having to face Stiverne once more, however typically it’s important to do issues you do not like with the intention to get the place you need.
Rival heavyweight titleholder Anthony Joshua and his group argue that Wilder has no main names on his spectacular 39-Zero, 38 KOs document. Alexander Povetkin final yr and Luis “King Kong” Ortiz final month failed drug checks, leaving Wilder to battle various opponents.
Wilder might lack a reputation on his document like Wladimir Klitschko, whom Joshua stopped within the 11th spherical in April. But fact is, there’s not lots of depth within the heavyweight division in comparison with different weight lessons.
Wilder-Joshua is boxing’s subsequent in-demand battle
Just like Golovkin-Canelo and Mayweather-Pacquiao earlier than it, Wilder-Joshua is what the followers, broadcasters and media need. Trouble is, we’d have to attend for it.
Following his victory over Carlos Takam in Cardiff final month, Joshua (20-Zero, 20 KOs), 28, declared his intention to battle thrice in 2018. His group hopes a kind of might be in opposition to Wilder. His daring ambition is to carry all 4 variations of the world heavyweight title, and so as to take action, he should beat Wilder and New Zealand’s WBO titleholder Joseph Parker (24-Zero, 18 KOs).
But exterior of combating one another, there aren’t lots of choices for Wilder or Joshua for superfights.
Ortiz could possibly be practically 40 by the point he contests titles once more, whereas England’s Tyson Fury is 5 or 6 stones obese and a good distance from title competition, regardless of all his common guarantees on social media of profitable again the titles in 2018.
In the U.Ok., or U.S., Joshua-Wilder large
Both Wilder and Joshua insist they need the battle, and it appears seemingly in 2018, maybe at London’s Wembley Stadium in the summertime or Las Vegas later within the yr.
Wilder has an excellent profile within the U.Ok., which might badist promote a battle with Joshua. He impressed and charmed followers when he fought in Sheffield, England, in 2013. The American destroyed England’s Audley Harrison, gold medal winner on the 2000 Olympics, in 70 seconds.
Joshua’s pulling energy within the U.Ok. can safe an enormous crowd at a soccer stadium — just like the 90,000 who witnessed his victory over Klitschko at Wembley — however a Las Vegas venue might trump the gate income.
If not Joshua, who could possibly be subsequent for Wilder?
Maybe Dominic Breazeale. The American is No. 6 within the WBC rankings and fought on the Wilder-Stiverne undercard, registering an eighth-round win over fellow Joshua sufferer Eric Molina.
Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs), 32, registered his second win since being knocked out within the seventh spherical by Joshua in June 2016. The 2012 U.S. Olympian then claimed he needed to face Wilder.
Promoter Eddie Hearn urged final month that Wilder ought to face Dillian Whyte in London on Feb. three, to drum up curiosity in a summer time battle with Joshua. However, Wilder will not be optimistic of combating the Briton.
Whyte advised ESPN final week that he ought to now be made necessary challenger by the WBC, and that appears his solely likelihood of dealing with Wilder, who says he isn’t excited by a voluntary defence in opposition to Whyte.
“A king don’t chase the peasants,” Wilder mentioned post-Stiverne. “A king takes kings. I want Joshua. If he don’t give me the fight, we have other plans. Why should I go to England to fight a peasant without the king on the contract? The world want Joshua, the world want Wilder. I want Joshua.”