The USA continues to search for their next heavyweight champion. This weekend on the Danny Garcia undercard, the only hope we have, Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO), the American bronze medalist, will be taking a step up in competition. He will be taking on veteran Malik Scott (36-1-1 13 KO), by far Wilder’s most dangerous opponent to date.
To the naked eye, Wilder has an incredible record, but I am pretty sure at least 15 of those individuals were taxi drivers or bartenders. He’s been brought up very slowly in the hopes of becoming the next big thing in the heavyweight division.
For Wilder, it will be a true test to see how far along he has come. Scott’s only defeat is to English contender Dereck Chisora via sixth-round TKO, he also had a strong amateur career, boasting a record of 70-3. Wilder also has the strong amateur pedigree highlighted with the Bronze in Beijing, but as we learned from last week’s contest featuring Vasyl Lomachenko, the amateur ranks do not matter when you step into a professional prizefight ring.
Although I do not give credit to the naysayers who believe the state boxing is on the decline, a lot of their arguments stem from the lack of American appeal in the heavyweight division. For Americans, we hope that Wilder is in fact the real deal and can one day soon have the opportunity to dethrone the reigning eight-time defending heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko.
Before that fight can even be imagined, the journey begins on Saturday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico when Wilder looks to make it 31-0 with 31 knockouts.