Boxing is a business that doesn’t mind creating an illusion of greatness.
The case of Deontay Wilder is a perfect example of this phenomenon. Wilder had won all of his fights, many by violent knockout. But herein lies the problem: Almost all of his wins had come against fighters with little or no chance of winning. Wilder won a heavyweight trinket from Bermane Stiverne, a so-so heavyweight who struggled with an ancient Ray Austin and whose best wins came against Chris Arreola. Before winning the title Deontay’s biggest win was against Malik Scott, who can box a little, but doesn’t always show up. Scott was kayoed in less than a round, a loss that makes Ali knocking out Liston look legit.
Then he decides to fight Tyson Fury back in 2018. Why did he take the Fury fight? It’s simple, after a long layoff Fury was looked at like an easy touch. Problem was that even though Fury was nowhere near 100 percent he was far too skilled for Wilder. Fury largely dominated a fight that he was knocked down twice in and had to settle for a draw. This fight is where the ignorance of his fans started to show as many Wilder fans claimed that Fury should have been stopped. Remember Fury got up before the count of ten and won the rest of the round!
Next up Wilder defended against the immortal Dominic Breazeale, who he knocked out in one round. Then he beat the almost 50-year-old Cuban Luis Ortiz in a second fight in which he lost every round until scoring a knockout.
This is an update to an article I wrote a few years ago and I do not want to tell you I told you so, but I DID! This look at the Great Black Hype that has been Deontay Wilder.
Is he the next Michael Grant?
No, he isn’t. Actually, he’s nowhere near as qualified as Grant was. Before Grant’s title shot against the legendary Lennox Lewis, Grant posted wins over David Izon, Lou Savarese, and Andrew Golota, all solid fighters. Grant was technically a good boxer with some skills; Wilder, on the other hand, has poor footwork and is basically a one-dimensional puncher. The one thing he does compare with Grant is his ability or lack of ability to take a punch. We’ll get to that in a second though.
The biggest similarity between the two boxers would be the fact that an American Heavyweight Champion is wanted, and a lot think needed in the sport. So with that being said, this is how we get to a boxer like Wilder, being spoon-fed below-average competition in hopes that he will get a big-money title shot. In all actuality, Grant was a great black hype also and Lennox Lewis exposed that just like Fury exposed Wilder!
Harold Sconiers: Where did the video go?
If you have never heard of Sconiers you’re not alone. He’s a heavyweight who finished his career with a record of 18 wins and 27 losses. When he faced Wilder his record stood at 17 up and 20 down. Wilder was undefeated in 12 fights, with 12 knockouts. I saw the video before it was taken down a few years ago and this is what I remember: Wilder gets dropped heavily by a right hand, sits on his ass and looks like he’s out. He’s glassy-eyed and has no idea where he is. He gets to his feet on shaky legs. The referee then proceeds to give one of the longest counts I’ve ever seen. Sconiers was terribly gassed and threw some wild shots, missing by miles as Wilder managed to survive the round.
This fight was fought within the last decade, but the video is harder to find than the original recording of Super Bowl I. How can that be? I’ll tell you why. That video is bad for business. What business you might ask? It was bad for selling the fraud Deontay Wilder as a heavyweight champion. The terrible thing is that a lot of Americans wanted the Wilder myth to be true so badly, they defend him no matter what. I actually saw in the lead up to Wilder vs. Fury 2 Max Kellerman’s claim that Wilder had never been knocked down! I would say that I expected more from Max but I really didn’t.
Was Wilder protected?
Of course. Wilder’s competition up until the Fury series had been underwhelming. He didn’t fight a single independently ranked top-10 heavyweight before getting a title shot and his eliminator to get there was a flop job. After beating Stiverne, who only won a belt himself because he was promoted by Don King, he stopped a bunch of no-hopers and managed to struggle with a few.
Then he eventually beats clear and away the best opponent he’s ever faced in Ortiz. It was a tentative affair early, with Wilder actually running to get out of range early in the fight. Then Ortiz struck in the seventh round, badly hurting Wilder with left hands. The real problems started after the round ended. Wilder got the normal 60 seconds to recover, but when the bell rang for round eight, for some reason the referee decided to help Wilder out. Luis Ortiz posted a video on his Instagram account which shows the end of round seven where Ortiz badly wobbled Wilder, who seemed to barely survive an impending knockout. At the start of the next round the referee inexplicably gave Wilder extra time to recover.
Ortiz’s best win is still Bryant Jennings, mind you.
The biggest miss was Alexander Povetkin, who was using meldonium. Wilder was signed to fight him but couldn’t because he failed a drug test. I agree, that’s a great reason to pull out, but again, he fought Ortiz, who also popped. I’ll address that fight below.
Wilder was a bronze medalist so he has to have at least some skill
Has anyone heard of David Price? He won a bronze medal as well, so winning an Olympic medal has little meaning when we’re looking at the heavyweight division. In the last twenty years, Olympic boxing bears very little resemblance to professional boxing. To go even farther Audley Harrison won a Gold Medal, how good did he end up being?
Wilder vs. Joshua (The duck)
Joshua looked to be a legitimate force in the heavyweight division. He is younger than Wilder, has better footwork, and overall has quite a bit more skill. Joshua has also beaten better fighters in his career. I know an old Klitschko put him down, but at least we can go back and watch it and see Joshua recover and win. We can’t do that with Wilder’s fight against Harold Sconiers–the tape is buried deeper than Jimmy Hoffa. If old man Klitschko nails Wilder like he did Joshua, they would still be picking up pieces of Wilder’s jaw off the floor. Plus Joshua has beaten Alexander Povetkin, Joseph Parker, Dillian Whyte and a stream of other guys who are superior to those Wilder beat. Now, since originally writing this article Joshua got knocked out by Andy Ruiz, but in Joshua’s defense, he made the proper adjustments and easily won the rematch. Does anybody think Wilder could make those sort of adjustments?
Wilder turned down a $100-million offer from DAZN which included a fight with Joshua. If the “Bronze Bomber”, a man that regularly made around $2 million at the time the fight was offered, truly thought he would beat Joshua, why not take it? If he did this the rematch would be fought where he wants and he would get the larger portion of the purse.
Wilder vs. Fury I, II
A lot of folks said this was not a legitimate threat for Wilder and it was not a legit threat. Well, it wouldn’t have been had Wilder been as good as advertised!
Fury had spent most of the last three years eating and snorting coke. Plus he had failed a PED test in the past. Fury had won two comeback fights but was far from impressive in them.
The fight itself had some dramatic moments, but overall was an average fight that Fury fairly easily controlled. Wilder did drop Fury twice so it was declared a draw and looked headed for an immediate rematch. Fury decided to take a couple of warm-up fights before the rematch because he wanted to be completely ready in the rematch and he was.
The rematch was a matchup between a tough, talented Fury and an overhyped fighter in Deontay Wilder and in the end talent and toughness won out easily, as the Wilder hype was exposed.
The excuses from Wilder begin
We have now learned that what Wilder wore into the ring might have had something to do with it. No really, that’s what Wilder is saying. Wilder wore an elaborate costume into the ring, which weighed 40 pounds and it apparently took his legs away.
This may be one of the worst excuses we have ever heard from a boxer. How about this, don’t wear a costume when you are on your way to getting in a fight. Wilder claimed he wore the costume to honor black history month. Next, he will tell us he lost because it was black history month and the pressure was too much for him.
Some of Wilder’s fans are miserable racists
Something called the LBDC has been spreading conspiracy theories about Fury’s gloves and are trying to discredit the beating he gave Wilder. The problem is Wilder looks the part to them because he’s black and plays the role. The truth about Wilder is this he was born in Alabama, has repeatedly whined about slavery and segregation as though he has experienced them, when he hasn’t. The reality is that he had a middle-class upbringing as a preacher’s son and went to college until he got his girlfriend pregnant. He also called Anthony Joshua a slave and his white promoter Eddie Hearn a slave-master, saying that “Eddie Hearn just another white man milking a black man. That’s all it is.” This is despite Joshua earning ten times the amount Wilder earns per bout.
Wilder’s own promoter is Shelly Finkel, a Jewish man. There it is again, that special relationship. One might ask, why doesn’t Wilder have a black promoter? Why does the LDBC group demand their guy hire a black promoter? That is because, as always, Wilder gets a pass.
If you check out the LDBC they are a bunch of race-baiters who make bullshit YouTube videos slamming anybody that is of different ethnicity as them. Could you imagine a bunch of white guys claiming to represent just white boxers on YouTube trashing Wilder? Those pages would be demonetized and removed.
The really troubling thing for me is the fact that Steve Cunningham and B.J. Flores, two respected boxers, are now buying into this crap also. They should know better, but my guess is Cunningham is jealous since Fury knocked him out and he was riding with Wilder the whole way. Flores I have no clue about.
Go watch the movie the “Great White Hype”. Change the lead character to black and call the movie the “Great Black Hype”. With that, you have the story or at least the idea of how Wilder became a perceived threat to being the Heavyweight Champion of the World. Yes I said that’s how he became a threat. Wilder has never been the heavyweight champion of the world, he was just a trinket-holder and nothing else.
A fighter is usually only protected for over 30 fights because his handlers know what will happen if he faces real competition. With Wilder, the answer is that in a serious fight he’ll be knocked out. It will not be any ordinary knockout either, it will actually look like a “Bomb Squad.” Watching Fury brutally dismantle this fraud was as much fun as I have had watching a boxing match in a long time!
Wilder will get a third attempt at Fury and he will be beaten easier (if that’s possible) and then he will fade off into the sunset as just another disappointment in boxing’s long tradition of overhyping boxers of all nationalities. And one more thing, I told you so!