Saturday night is boxing night, as PBC is back in action on NBC. Headlining the card is rising Heavyweight star Deontay Wilder. With an impressive record, a fantastic highlight reel, and a compelling personality and story, Wilder is starting to really make waves in the boxing landscape. He’s captured one of the Heavyweight titles that doesn’t really matter because it’s not held by Wladimir Klitschko, and the idea of a possible Klitschko vs. Wilder fight at some point is possible.
This weekend, he’s in the ring against Johann Duhaupas – a solid fighter, but one who should be easily dispatched by Wilder. Preferably in spectacular KO style.
For you MMA fans who may be tuning in Saturday night, here is the quick and dirty info you need on Deontay Wilder
- Stats: 6’7″ with an 83″ reach – just a bit shy of Jon Jones. 29 years old.
- Record: 34-0 with 33 KOs for a 97% KO ratio. The only man to go the distance with him was Bermane Stiverne, a former world champion riding a 7 year undefeated streak when he fought Wilder.
- Titles: As an amateur, won the Bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Current WBC Heavyweight champion, winning the belt from Stiverne, who claimed it after Vitali Klitschko retired as champion.
- Quality of opposition: Questionable – many argue that Wilder has been fed easy opponents and that at this point he should be fighting someone of higher caliber than Duhaupas. Stiverne is a very good win, no doubt, but there’s a pretty steep drop off after that in terms of quality of opponent.
- Odds: currently -3500 for Wilder to +1200 for Duhaupas on Bovada.
- Highlights: he has a lot of them, which you can watch above, but here’s his recent and terrifying KO of Siarhei Liakhovich.
- Why you should watch: Because of that KO above and the chances you will see the likes of it again.
Tune in to PBC Boxing featuring Deontay Wilder live on NBC this Saturday night with a fight time of 8:30 p.m. ET. Bloody Elbow will have live coverage right here.
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