The Manner in which WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder knocked out Dominic Breazeale impressed a big viewing audience around the world on Saturday night. It sparked a lot of conversation about how it took Anthony Joshua 7 rounds to dispatch Breazeale but Wilder only 2 minutes and 17 seconds.
The hype building up to the fight somehow swayed many to believe that Wilder was facing another Luis Ortiz or Tyson Fury, the two men the champion has faced that have showed that ‘The Bronze Bomber’ could be defeated, but hardened critics never gave 6’ 7” Breazeale anything more than a punchers chance.
Breazeale has always taken big shots in his fights, boxing fans love nothing more than to watch big heavyweights get floored, preferably they get up and floor their opponent just like Breazeale’s February 2017 match against Izuagbe Ugonoh. Exciting as it is, it shows that there are flaws in a fighter’s defence.
Breazeale is a good heavyweight but he is never going to reach the skill level of Ortiz, Povetkin or Klitschko, all fighters that the big three have faced and beaten. Very few in the boxing business thought the big Californian would see it past the first 3 or 4 rounds and yet the spectacular knockout seems to have elevated Wilder to new levels of admiration.
Wilder is an expert in spectacular finishes, we have seen him produce showreel knockouts many times before, even when put to the sword by Ortiz and Fury he came up with huge punches that changed the course of the fight, he has to be revered as one of if not the best finishers in heavyweight history.
So, one of history’s best heavyweight punchers clocked a good but flawed contender in the 1st round in a fight we expected him to win by early Ko. It was spectacular but let’s not turn Wilder into the obvious choice as the best of the best. Until he beats Joshua and Fury or they beat him there is no best, just opinions.
Deontay Wilder took 9 rounds to stop Eric Molina in a 2016 title defence in which he was wobbled by a big left hook from Texan Molina and yet Joshua took the same fighter apart in 3 easy rounds, what does that tell us?
Nothing we didn’t know before, styles make fights, right place, right time, a bad training camp, who knows, but it is never so straight forward as well he beat him so he will definitely beat him.
We are living in a golden era of the heavyweight division, 3 guys that are special. We all have our theories on who would come out on top, but until they fight each other at least once no-one can truly know.
We were so close to seeing Wilder vs Fury II until money got in the way. If that fight had happened and we got a winner this time around, it would have forced Joshua into a position where he would be seen as the weak link in the big three for not fighting the winner.
Wilder’s knockout of Breazeale hasn’t made me think he would be able to do the same to Fury or Joshua any more than I