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Is Deontay Wilder the key to the emergence of heavyweight boxing?

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There has been some very interesting boxing news recently. The sport’s most polarizing figure over the last decade, Floyd Mayweather Jr., has had a strange back and forth flirtation with a potential bout with Japanese kickboxing great Tenshin Nasukawa throughout the month. The fight remains shrouded in mystery. It was announced about a week ago that former rival of Mayweather Jr., Manny Pacquiao will fight former Mayweather protege, Adrien Broner, for the WBA world welterweight title in January 2019. It is also worth mentioning that just a few months ago Canelo Alvarez defeated Gennady Golovkin in one of the most highly anticipated rematches in recent boxing memory. However, none of the big time boxing names mentioned reside in the heavyweight division, which has long been considered the most appealing boxing weight class to the general public.

This Saturday, exciting heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder will battle Tyson Fury. Wilder has become the most recognizable heavyweight name in boxing to the casual sports fan. His unusual fighting style and eccentric behavior have helped put him in the spotlight. But Wilder is most known for his outstanding punching power which has led to a ridiculous 98% knockout rate in all of his professional fights. Wilder’s punch is so significant he was rumored to mistakenly break the jaw of a mascot on an ESPN show. 

Boxing is as much about personalities as it is the skills of the boxers themselves. Heavyweights that dominated the 1990s like Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, and Evander Holyfield all had different personalities but they all made them more magnetic as fighters. Wilder’s background, from the South, is as a boxer without as much boxing experience than most boxers that have accomplished as much he has. There is an appeal of the rawness and unpredictability of Deontay Wilder that will appeal to boxing fans in their 20s and 30s, which is a key age group in growing the sport in terms of fan appeal.

It is important to note that the top fighter of the heavyweight division is considered by many to be Anthony Joshua, who doesn’t have the same type of appeal as Wilder but his skills are impressive regardless. There are wishes for a Joshua-Wilder fight in the near future but watching Deontay Wilder take on Tyson Fury should be entertaining as Wilder makes his case for being one of the reasons why the heavyweight division can still be must see TV. Boxing is still intriguing as MMA has drawn more attention over the past decade.

 

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