By: Sean Cross
talk with EN news, returning former heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder weighed in on a high-profile matchup between division peers Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk (Usyk won by decision). “Joshua did exactly what we expected him to do,” said hard-shooting Wilder, “be careful and let him run out of gas.” As for Wilder, Joshua simply doesn’t have the consistent power level needed to defeat someone of Usyk’s caliber. “He has a serious endurance problem,” Wilder said of Joshua. He has serious stamina issues… That night the best man wins.
As for the much-anticipated matchup between Usyk and Tyson Fury, Wilder indicated that Usyk would have his work cut out for him. “I think Fury is too big for him,” Wilder said. “One thing he (Fury) has got, is his size. Still, Wilder was completely unwilling to write Usyk off. “But everything is possible,” he added. “Anything can happen in the business of boxing.” Boxing fans need an Usyk-Wilder fight, and boxing fans need an Usyk-Wilder fight, Wilder said, adding that a matchup between himself and the undefeated Usyk would benefit both the fans and the sport.
“I think it’s good for boxing and the fans,” Wilder said of the fight with Usyk. “At the end of the day, you need a heavyweight that’s special to boxing and fans, you need an exciting heavyweight.” The show and the colorful Wilder explained that fun is essential to the sport. “You need boxing to keep boxing fans coming,” he said. “You don’t want to see boring things.” Boxing fans, Wilder believes, is a priority. “If we don’t have fans, we can’t generate… it’s just business,” he continued.
41-2-1 Alabama is perhaps the hardest hitter in heavyweight division history. Even with skilled opponents like Fury or Luis Ortiz, Wilder has found a way to put him on the mat time and time again. However, Wilder finds himself in an unusual position with fans after losing two of three to Fury. Although the evidence points to Fury being the better fighter of the two, many would argue that Wilder could beat Usyk and Joshua. Also, despite his strange demeanor after his loss to Fury, Wilder is a popular and engaging fighter. He is now set to face Robert Helenius in October.