WATCHING Deontay Wilder box, he does seem to do a lot wrong. He throws wide arm shots, reckless swings. He lunges forward, off balance, he jumps off his feet, he gets caught. And yet it seems to work. He’s knocked out everyone he’s boxed, even if he needed a second run at Bermane Stiverne, hammering him easily enough inside the first round when they rematched this month.
You’d think Anthony Joshua, the unified IBF and WBA, would be too big, too technical and too skilful for the confident American. Yet there’s an argument for why Wilder is a real threat. David Price, the former British champion and Olympic medallist, is as shrewd an analyst of heavyweight boxing as there is. He explained to Boxing News why Wilder is a danger.
“For what it’s worth, before I watched Joshua against [Carlos] Takam, I fancied Joshua to wipe the floor with Wilder. But now I think Wilder at long range would beat Joshua to the punch. Joshua’s mid range and close range work is brilliant. But at length he doesn’t seem to get his shots off as quickly and I think Wilder would be in with a good chance of knocking him out,” Price said. “Not only that, Anthony Joshua is a textbook boxer and conventional textbook fighters are easier to read unlike Deontay Wilder, who will do things out of the ordinary that you’re not expecting.