A Nigerian, Olufemi Adebimpe has said Boxing Champion, Deontay Wilder has an atrocious resume.
He said this in a series of tweets after Anthony Joshua defeated Tony Ruiz to win back his world heavy weight title belt in a match held in Saudi Arabia.
Anthony Joshua reclaimed the WBO, IBF and WBA heavyweight titles from Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr.
Joshua won a unanimous decision from the judges in Diriyah, near Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh.
See his tweets below…
Almost every time there is an Anthony Joshua fight, those who have become overnight heavyweight experts from watching clips of Deontay Wilder pummeling fighters crawl out of their holes with generalized opinions about the supremacy of Deontay Wilder. Let me educate you!
FACT: Anthony Joshua began his boxing career the same time Wilder turned pro. The older pro has just one belt scrambled for with others after Vitali Klitcshko vacated the WBC Title. Wilder has held that belt hostage for years by not attempting a unification fight.
When his manager Shelly Finkle was asked if he would be fighting Vladimir Klitchsko to defend the belt, he said Wilder was still a relatively young champion. Not only did they pitch him against several journeymen, they avoided fights with top heavyweights in America too.
He could have fought Charles Martins from whom AJ got a belt or Joseph Parker, another champion who lost to AJ- and the only other person to ever defeat Andy Ruiz Jnr.
Wilder’s resume is atrocious. Little wonder he never attracted attention to the division- until AJ came along.
Of his over 40 fights, only less than five of Wilder’s opponents were in the top twenty ranking in the ranking of most boxing bodies. He only cherry picked Tyson Fury in their last fight because Fury was in bad shape & had been out of boxing for three years.
And even though the WBC mandatory fight for him should be a Dillian Whyte, the ranking bosy has continued to play hide and seek with a fight Wilder has avoided for months now. AJ had defeated the same fighter in a U.K. grudge match over two years ago. Wilder avoids Whyte.
Sports streaming platform offered Wilder a $120M three fight deal that includes two fights with AJ and an opportunity to become the undisputed champion, but he turned it down to earn a fraction of that from poorly attended fights instead.
Making comparison of AJ with Wilder without these and many intricacies is an act of ignorance.
Wilder has been avoiding fights that may take the belt from him.
If you are one of those Americans who believed that $50M offer from Wilder to AJ, please ask why they refused to meet with @EddieHearn about a proof of funds two days later when he flew to New York. They backed out of three meetings. The offer was an email from Wilder to AJ btw
Under the mandatory rules, Deontay Wilder should have fought @DillianWhyte by now but the WBC has protected Wilder from every dangerous fight, including bypassing Whyte to offer Wilder a Dominic Breazeale easy fight- even when Whyte offered more money.
Deontay Wilder is not managed like a professional boxer. He is treated more like a prize fighter for a freak show. AJ made more money two days ago than probably what Wilder has earned in his whole career pummeling part timers. All because of the fear of losing the green strap!
Thousands of tickets had to be given away in his last two fights because people just weren’t coming to watch a fighter who chose a sub par route in his career than risks that carried rewards. He has simply used AJ’s name to build his reputation. Nothing more.
The point of the thread is simply that Wilder has avoided the big fights in what should ordinarily be a renaissance for heavyweight boxing; the first since the Lennox era. Crowning him as devastating on the back of him knocking has-been or part time pugilists is laughable.
He just fought an Ortiz in a fight no one wants to see. His WBC mandatory is there and he threatened to delay that fight as long as possible.
Here is Dillian Whyte showing reporters text message from Wilder that he would delay his mandatory fight:
Wilder gets a pass because a lot of American sports platforms back him for patriotic reason. Yet, AJ get criticised for fighting all the top fighters: Whyte, Povetkin, Parker, Takam, Andy Ruiz Jnr. The WBO has ordered a mandatory for a Usyk fight for AJ in 180 days.
Do you know what AJ will do? He will fight Usyk or he may be stripped of his belt! The IBF will likely call their mandatories too and he has to step up. Yet, there is a Halloween costume wearing champion whose mandatory fights are adjusted to help him keep his belts.
It hurts followers of this division to see what is going on and see casual observers deify Wilder after seeing clips of his several knock out n YouTube. Let’s discuss his legacy after he has fought his contemporaries- and not those he appears comfortable fighting to keep a belt