Deontay Wilder: Don’t reject- give respect.

Finally, after 3 years as a reigning heavyweight world champion, Deontay Wilder at last proved his worth in the most important fight of his life. Stretching an unbeaten record to 40 victories the Bronze Bomber was once again true to his name, flooring the formerly unbeaten Cuban Luis Ortiz 3 times before delivering a fearsome uppercut in the 10th to pick up his 39th knockout. A KO percentage that does not lie; Wilder’s staggering power was never in question going into the bout, but even after 10 years as a professional questions over his capabilities at the highest level had gone unanswered- until now.  Continue reading “Deontay Wilder: Don’t reject- give respect.”


Wilder v Ortiz: A champion’s risk.

The resurgence of the heavyweight division will continue in March when Anthony Joshua unifies 3 of the 4 major world titles against Joseph Parker in 4 weeks time. The only title absent is on the line tomorrow night. Unbeaten American Deontay Wilder has held the WBC title since before Joshua disposed of a hapless Charles Martin 2 years ago to claim the first of his 2 championship belts. A clash between the pair seems inevitable (however when is anyone’s guess) so long as both men come out victorious. Although Anthony Joshua is heavily favoured to add Parker’s WBO strap to his collection, Deontay Wilder’s challenge tomorrow night is a little more difficult to predict. After 10 years as a professional- 3 of which reigning as a world champion- remarkably ‘the bronze bomber’ is facing his first serious threat.  Continue reading “Wilder v Ortiz: A champion’s risk.”

SSR: Impossible is nothing.

Historically, requirements to become a professional boxer have long been linked to a person’s character and how they acquired it. A willingness to engage in a blood sport as unforgiving as professional boxing is simply the first step into a world in which the masses are far more comfortable spectating than participating. For some, the luxury of choice is not on offer. Traditionally, for talented fighters hailing from the underclass of society, enduring poverty and hardship from a tender age- boxing is a route to a better life. Indeed, the well documented stories of some of the sport’s most recognizable faces (Tyson, Pacquiao, Hopkins- the list is endless) have long put life’s difficulties into perspective. But even in the boxing world, the difficulties endured by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (SSR) redefines what it means to be an underdog altogether.  Continue reading “SSR: Impossible is nothing.”

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