It seems like the only problem Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KO’s) really has in his exceptional career, is finding enough worthy opponents to cement his legacy. The freakish 6-foot-7-inch, 32-year-old heavyweight champion of the world is a perfect 39-0 following last Saturday night’s victory over Bermane Stiverne (25-2-1, 21 KO’s) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Wilder, who decisioned Stiverne in 2015, the only one of his bouts to not have ended within the distance, needed just one round to send Stiverne to the upside down with a fast and furious combination.
The official finish came at the 2:59 mark of the very first round. It was Wilder’s 38th career knockout. Only one of his fights went the distance, a 2015 bout against the same guy, Stiverne.
Deontay Wilder stops Bermane Stiverne with terrifying showcase of offense
Although Wilder is pretty much king of boxing’s heavyweight division now, he’s not occupying the throne alone. There’s a man named Anthony Joshua who lives across the pond that shares the spotlight with him. And that’s the next fight that needs to happen.
Wilder, to his credit, took his time in the spotlight to call out Joshua. It’s the fight fans want to see.
“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now. I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge? … I’ve been waiting for a long time. I know I’m the champion, I know I’m the best. Are you up for the test?”
“A king don’t chase the peasants. 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. Joshua, come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more dodging, no more excuses … make the date, don’t wait.”
“I’m too athletic. Told y’all I’m mobile, I’m hostile, I am the king baby and no heavyweight can compare to me. I’m very confident in what I do and tonight I showed that.”
“So much frustration, it just seemed like my career, it’s been crazy … so many guys using PEDs. I just want to prove that I am the best. I know I am the best but I want to prove I am the best. One champion, one face, one name, he goes by Deontay Wilder.”
Promoter believes Joshua is scared of Wilder and is avoiding him
Boxing promoter Lou DiBella who promotes Wilder’s fights believes Joshua is afraid of Wilder, and that the English boxer is avoiding him. Only time will tell. But a Wilder-Joshua fight is definitely the biggest heavyweight fight in recent memory.
“He will put Anthony Joshua to sleep,” barked Lou DiBella, who promotes Wilder. “No one punches like him, no one has the reach he has, no one has the one-punch power he has. He’s the scariest heavyweight on the planet.
“He’s Anthony Joshua’s biggest test, he’s Anthony Joshua’s worst nightmare.”
“Stop with this Dillian Whyte shit,” DiBella said. “Who the fuck is Dillian Whyte? Come on, Eddie, let’s play. You want to do [Joshua-Wilder] at a soccer stadium in the UK, let’s do it. Deontay Wilder will put Anthony Joshua to sleep the same way he just put Stiverne to sleep.
“The winner of Joshua-Wilder is the real heavyweight champion. That fight has to happen. The boxing fans deserve it. We don’t want to wait.”