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... in England.
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Nice, wasn't Harrison supposed to be around #10 in the world? I think I read that somewhere.
Edit: Well, maybe not. Just searched and seems Harrison is on the back end of his career. Hope Deontay gets a big fight soon. It's time.
This post was edited by dshelbyjr 15 months ago
From ESPN UK:
Deontay Wilder extended his perfect record to 28 knockouts from 28 fights, with this devastating win quite possibly signalling the end of Audley Harrison's career.
Harrison's latest comeback came on the back of a second win at Prizefighter, but he took a huge gamble in taking on rising American star Wilder and it proved a bridge too far.
Many feel Wilder can breathe fresh life into the US heavyweight scene and he did nothing to dampen that talk by handing down a seventh professional defeat to 2000 Olympic gold medallist Harrison.
Harrison, who took plenty of time savouring his ring walk, attempted to keep Wilder at length early on by pushing out his right hand.
Wilder backed Harrison up into the corner and from that moment on, the Londoner was in huge trouble.
A massive right rocked Harrison and his defence was in pieces. Harrison was sent sprawling by massive right hands from Wilder and the referee was forced to step in with Harrison on one knee.
Harrison was given a standing eight count, but he did not know where he was and the fight, and quite possibly Harrison's career, was waved off.
Video of the fight ... doesn't take long: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO1E0yTLJAQ&feature=youtu.be
I was reading an article a while back about the state of the current American heavyweight fighters and the writer touched on him and stated he was talented, but the writer knocked the level of his opponents and stated he wasn't sure if he was as good as his stats because of that.
I hope he does get a big fight soon.
He is really good, but I was not impressed with the wild punches thrown after he landed a right. Looked like a kid on the playground swinging. He will have to get some better control with that to go to the next level.
There's a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.
Agree, I've never seen a Holyfield, Lewis, or someone like that throw an overhand punch. Still seems pretty raw
This post was edited by UA2005 15 months ago
Wilder still lacks some seasoning, but man is he powerful.
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Haha. I don't know anything about boxing but agree with some of the others that the haymakers looked a little out of control after the hard right hand. I would scared to death as the ref stepping in there.
Geez, lets cut the guy some slack. He just went overseas to the hometown of a guy that has been a contender for years, and knocked him out in just over a minute. Impressive.
Again I don't know shit about boxing. I am not a fan and don't know either of those fighters. I didn't mean to be critical, just watching that I thought the ref got a little close to some wild but powerful swings.
This post was edited by manbearpig7 15 months ago
He started getting wild when it was clear the opponent was covering up and trying to escape. He was in no danger of getting punched. Probably a little wild but not like he was doing that w/ both guys standing and slugging.
exactly he was going for the knock out & got it. It has alwys drove me crazy to see one fighter hurt & the other does'nt go all out for the KO.
I'm a little off the boxing scene ... is this guy supposed to be the next big thing?
This. He looked like a shark who smelled blood after he connected on a couple. When the other guy is falling backwards and already has a couple of fillings loose, form is a bit less important. Doesn't matter how you're swinging when you have that kind of power behind it and the other dude is seeing stars.
He seemed pretty controlled when he landed those first two clean ones.
He's 28-0, all by knockout. Sounds good to me.
Yes & he is from & lives in T-Town. Won a Bronze metal in Olympics & 28-0 with 28 KO
Here is an honest breakdown of Wilder (pack a lunch):
(Credentials, if you want to call it that) - Due to me having a 1 and 2 year old, the days of me hitting the bars on a Saturday night are pretty much done. So, instead, my Friday/Saturday nights are spent at home, religiously watching all the HBO/Showtime Championship fights. I'm very familiar with the heavyweight division and all the other popular divisions. I've always been a fan of boxing since the Tyson era, but now it's much more amplified. Starting to go to more fights. Heading to Vegas this weekend. I've seen Wilder fight in person on 4 different occasions and have basically seen all of his fights on either TV or YouTube. I plan on going to Vegas if he fights for the title out there.
Deontay Wilder legitimately has a shot at being the heavyweight champion of the world. He's 3 to 5 fights away (1-2 years).
3 main reasons that he has a shot at taking the belt:
1. Deontay's right hand:
The late Emanuel Steward and Oscar DLH both said that Deontay has the strongest power punch in the world right now. This is TRUE.. If/when he connects with just one right power shot, it's over. If you've watched the past few fights. Deontay always starts out throwing his jab. Sometime's he'll throw it for 2 or 3 straight rounds without throwing a single power punch. He's doing this because he's been told he has to fight more rounds to build experience. When he's done getting his jab work in, he throws the right, resulting in a knockdown or KO. 28-0 with 28 KOs is no fluke. He legitimately has that much power. Go back and watch his last few fights. He purposely throws jabs to waste time, then throws the right and the show's over.
2. The Klitschkos are on their way out.
The Klitschkos (title holders) probably have 2-4 fights (each) left in them. Right now, In my opinion, Deontay would be outboxed and lose to both Klitschkos. They're too polished and disciplined for Deontay. When they retire, all 5 heavyweight belts will become vacant. Deontay should slide right into the mix. The Klitschkos are far above anyone else in the division. 2 of the smartest fighters in boxing history. Amazing footwork, their jabs push through opponents' faces, and they have great chins. They outbox their opponents. Deontay needs more experience if he wants to dethrone one of the K's, but he might be able to avoid them if they retire soon.
3. The Heavyweight division is the weakest it's ever been.
For those of you that don't watch, the days when heavyweights moved, punched and looked like Tyson are over. Most of the heavyweights are now slow, uncoordinated, pressure fighters out of europe. Out of the top 15 in the world today, only 3 out there can actually box. 2 of them are Klitschkos and the other one has a very soft chin and will lose before he gets a title shot. When the K brothers go, it's wide open for Wilder. You'll hear names like Haye, Pulev, Fury and Jennings. Deontay will more than likely fight at least one of them in the next year. These guys are 1 fight away from fighting a K brother for the title and Deontay can beat/knock all of them out.The dream matchup would be Wilder vs Fury (britain's super arrogant heavyweight hope).
3 main reasons that he has a long way to go:
1. Quality of opposition:
28 fights in, Deontay is just NOW starting to face legit opposition. This is due to a) his trainers/promoters baby-ing him through the process and b) nobody really wants to fight him (due to his power). Not too many people understand that pro boxers usually fight hundreds of amateur fights before they turn pro. Deontay I think only fought 24 amateur fights before turning pro...he needs more time to develop.
2. Mentioned above ^, He needs more time to develop:
Yes, he can rip your face off and has obliterated his 28 opponents, but he's still very raw. Footwork is average at best and so is his jab. Jab is Inaccurate and slow. He's working on it though. Many people overlook the jab. Don't. He'll need it if he wants to last a fight that goes longer than 4 rounds. Mayweather and the K brothers are where they are today because of their jabs. Deontay must get more rounds and continue to improve the jab.
*Many people are pointing out his flailing arms (telephone pole-like) haymakers he threw in the last fight. Don't judge him in that moment. When an opposing fighter is on his way to the mat, most boxers lose all discipline and go ape $hit on their opponents.
3. His Chin is a mystery - He needs a tough fight
Nobody really knows if Deontay can take a punch because he's never really been tagged in a fight . He's only been knocked down once, and that was extremely early in his career (he quickly got back up and won). I'm nervous to see what's going to happen when he faces a top 5 opponent that will connect on him a few times. Some of these heavyweights are ranked where they are because their chins are ridiculous. Some of the guys in the top 10 have never hit the mat and haven't come close, especially the big Eastern European fighters. They can't move, they can't punch, but they can take punishment. Unfortunately, I don't think Deontay is one of those guys, and that's concerning. If Wilder ever loses, it will more than likely come from a solid counter puncher who's comfortable going the distance and being cut. Now that I think about it, I don't know if Wilder has ever been cut. He needs to get roughed up...he needs a tough fight.
In conclusion, Deontay can do it. He's Legit. He's not quite ready, but he's damn sure close.
K Brothers are about to call it a day
Weak Heavyweight Division
Quality of opposition
Experience - needs better jab/footwork
Needs a tough fight. Needs to be able to take a punch.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by tarheel03 15 months ago
Did you watch the stiverne vs Areola fight? If Stiverne lost 10-15lbs he could be pretty good
Stiverne is the 3rd guy I was talking about! I've seen a few fights of his. Good fighter. He outboxed Areola all night. Sweet knockdown to. To me, Stiverne and the Ks are the only 3 cerebral boxers in the division. Glad to know somebody else out there watches this stuff!
Agreed. and i hope like hell Wilder gets a shot at Fury's pompous ass. all he does is try to lay on smaller opponents until they tire out. deontay would destroy him and i would love to see it. Steve cunningham's undersized ass knocked him down in their fight.
I didn't get to see it because I was down in New Orleans, but from what I heard, Fury was a joke and an ass. Might try to watch it tonight. It's not good when a former Cruiserweight eats your lunch.
Besides Lennox Lewis, all English athletes and sports teams are overhyped. The England National soccer team is a perfect example. Every world cup/euro tournament they're ranked so high, and they always choke. Ricky Hatton is another example. They thought he was Jesus of Nazareth. He flourished when he fought sub-par opponents in Manchester, but then he faced Mayweather and Pac. We all know what happened...
Smart move for Deontay to go over to England and show the Brits what's up. He's definitely picking up a following over there and knocking out Harrison helped.
I HOPE Fury gets put in the ring with a real heavyweight because he let a 210lb cruiserweight give him hell, your right about the hype those Brits seem to get.
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