After suffering a torn bicep and a broken hand in his stoppage victory against Chris Arreola in a defence of his WBC Heavyweight Title, undefeated America Deontay Wilder is back in training with both hands, and is planning his return for 2017.
The Alabama based fighter known as “The Bronze Bomber” is eyeing up an exciting return in 2017 in hope to unify the division. Wilder has had 37 fights with 37 wins, and 36 of them coming by knockout. The only person that has survived Wilder’s devastating power is Bermane Stiverne, which is when Deontay took the WBC Heavyweight Title from him. As impressive as that record is, Wilder is yet to face a real world level challenger. Criticized on the lack of technical ability and moving forward and backwards in straight lines, his incredible power seems to be a very handy lifeline for him.
He looked puzzled against Poland’s Heavyweight Champion Artur Szpilka before knocking him out with a counter punch in the 9th round earlier on in the year. Szpilka offered some good head movement and a lot of switch hitting and this seemed to have Wilder troubled, which begs the question, how well can Wilder deal with someone who has great footwork and ring knowledge. There is talk of him returning to face Hughie Fury this year, which some say is way too early for the unbeaten 22 year old cousin of Tyson Fury, but time will tell.
If Wilder is true in what he says about unifying the division next year, he will most likely be facing one of these following options, IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua, WBA champion which will be either Anthony Joshua or former unified Heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitscko, the WBO champion which will be fought for between Andy Ruiz Jr and Joseph Parker. You would have to think his easiest opponent of them to match Wilder’s style would be chasing the WBO champion. As shot as people think Klitschko may be, I still think he would dance around Wilder in the ring. I’m sure there will be an announcement following his plans soon.