Things are beginning to heat up in heavy weight boxing. Last Saturday, Deontay Wilder amassed yet another win in his undefeated professional record of 36-0 in a style befitting a true heavyweight champion. Before the fight with Polish boxer Artur Szpilka had reached the tenth round, Wilder had scored a devastating knockout by way of a sharp right hand punch to the jaw of Szpilka. The performance provided further credibility for Deontay Wilder’s skill set as a professional boxer.
But the real intrigue set in only after the fight was finished, and rival heavyweight champion Tyson Fury stepped into the ring to interrupt Wilder’s post-fight interview. The two heavyweight boxing giants exchanged heated words over the stifled protests of the Showtime moderator, with the action culminating in an eventual forced separation and Tyson Fury parading around the ring as if to invite Wilder to fight on the spot. Though it might be publicity stunt, the interaction served to stoke the fires of the heavyweight boxing division where before there was a dying fire. With Tyson Fury coming off of a monumental victory over heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko, both fighters are primed to make history in a fight with one another.
As of right now, the two are penciled in to fight other opponents en route to a mega-fight with each other. Though the notion of a fight with Wilder and Fury is an exciting commercial event, the match may not be the symmetrical slug-fest that fight fans love to watch. Deontay has lethal power, especially in his right hand punches. Fury’s style is more reflex and technician-centric, which when placed next to Wilder’s power may make for a very sporadic fight. The question of who will be victorious will be the same question of which man can get to the other first.
On Saturday, Wilder again put his uncharacteristic athleticism on display. He showed his ability to react, counter, stick and move, and finish an opponent. Szpilka took many chances in engaging with Wilder. And, judging by Tyson’s relatively cautious performance against Wladimir Klitschko, a fight between him and Wilder would make for more of a technical display. This is of course assuming that Tyson Fury’s low-slung left hand will not pave the way for a fight-ending right hand punch from Wilder.
Meanwhile, stay tuned for upcoming fight announcements for next opponents for both Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. Among the other long-awaited fights destined for 2016, Wilder vs. Fury may very well prove to be one of the biggest fights of the year, and a huge new draw for heavyweight boxing.