American heavyweight Deontay Wilder is somewhat of an unknown quantity and remains an interesting debating point for boxing fans.
Standing at nearly six foot seven inches tall with a ripped physique and great punch power, he appears on the surface to have most of the ingredients to be a hugely successful boxer.
Question marks hang over Wilder
The presence of an unbeaten 32-0 record including an incredible 32 knockouts enhances such a claim to a massive extent. To have knocked out 32 men in a row is a remarkable achievement but when you delve deeper into the record questions begin to arise.
Wilder is yet to face off with an opponent who has tested him. Is that because he is as good as his record suggests? Or is it because he hasn't fought anyone of significant note? Or perhaps it is a combination of both.
No matter the quality of opposition to knock out 32 professional boxers is still very impressive. With that being said Wilder definitely has a padded record. He is yet to face any of the other top heavyweights out there yet he finds himself as mandatory challenger to Bermane Stiverne's WBC world title.
Wilder will get his test against Stiverne
How Wilder can be mandatory challenger having faced no challenging boxer is puzzling to say the least. Wilder will get his test though against the aforementioned Stiverne who claimed the title against the durable Chris Arreola earlier in the year.
Wilder will have to show much more than he has done in fights such as his latest at the weekend against the journeyman Jason Gavern. Gavern had little time to prepare for the fight and as a result wasn't in good fighting shape.
Despite this Gavern was able to last a few rounds before retiring on his stool at the end of the fourth round due to exhaustion. He has been floored in the third and fourth round respectively and was clearly not going to win the fight.
Wilder wasn't particularly impressive but to be honest it was more about keeping active and staying sharp for the Bronze Bomber.
Wilder: Hugely exciting boxer
Wilder is a hugely exciting boxer with great punch power and what seems like a decent jab and he is at the forefront of people's hopes for a new, exciting heavyweight division. He is clearly talented but he is untested which you would have expected to have happened after 32 fights.
Question marks still surround Wilder and we will not know how he can handle being hit on the chin and facing adversity until we see him in with a top opponent. Until that point Wilder is an exciting boxer but one who gets too much credit.
He should have faced much more challenging boxers by now and that is to a certain extent not his fault. As a boxer if you can be positioned into a world title shot without having to be tested then most will bite your hand off.
Lets just hope that when Wilder gets his shot at the big time that he seizes it in emphatic fashion as the heavyweight division needs an exciting champion to bring back the glory days.
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