Saturday February 25th see’s the return of Americas best heavyweight, WBC champion the Bronze Bomber Deontay Wilder (37-0, 36 kos ) who was originally supposed to face Andrzej Wawrzyk however after two failed drug tests Wilder was forced again to get a new opponent, up stepped fellow tough guy an American native Gerald Washington (18-0-1 12kos) relishing the chance to make history by dethroning the champion on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Washington is coming off a couple of solid wins since his draw with Amir Monsour hes bounced back with back to back victories a unaminous decision victory over Eddie Chambers followed by a ko victory over journey man Ray Austin, Washington has shown a few weaknesses since his transition to the boxing world from American Football, he’s shown stamina issues in a few fights. Hes very hittable and his feet need alot of work but he packs a good punch and has shown he’s a tough and durable guy, however he’s facing a man who possesses vicious one punch ko power great conditioning with speed and size, Wilder himself is coming back from injury after a tore bicep and broken hand suffered in his last fight verses Chris Arreola in July 2016.
After that he was due to face former champion Alexander Povetkin who also failed a drug test while in training for Wilder before that fight was cancelled, so will we see a little rust on the Bronze Bomber on Saturday night? Or will we see a wounded beast looking to take out alot of frustration? And can the game washington take advantage?
Im not sure I think Wilder will use his athleticism and stay on the outside use his height and range and take advantage of Washington lack of footwork and speed and get a mid to late round stoppage with Washington’s aggressive style and warrior spirit I think it will play right into Wilder’s hand’s.The only chance for Gerald is to hope to catch Wilder a little rusty and get inside that long frame and land that lucky punch, but he’s facing a momentous task to try to stop the Bronze Bomber who this far has stopped all but one opponent in his 37 fight career.
The writing is on the wall and all roads will certainly lead to a Mega showdown with Britain’s IBF heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua later in the fall providing both men can take care of their opponents. Tune in saturday night on Fox Sports in what promises to be a great night of action.