Bronze Bomber Wilder Drops Heavy Thunder, Stops Duhaupus in 11th

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A nation's lonely eyes have scanned persistently and faithfully for many moons, for a true-blue American-made champ. They want a red, white and blue wrapped guy, he can be black or white or what have you, to be able to call their own: the heavyweight champion of the world.

Do the eyes have it, in Deontay Wilder?

Can't say, not yet…he took out a Frenchman known to nobody in even, really, the insider boxing sphere, and played that man, Johann Duhaupus, like a .99 Cent Store pinata, whacking him around ceaslessly for ten plus rounds.

The Bama guy Wilder (age 29) had his hand raised on Saturday night,  and upped his mark to 35-0, Birmingham, Alabama, after the ref saw enough in the `11th. Dupe was eating clean hard shots, too many, and Jack Reiss pulled the plug on it.

Dupe won fans for his chin and willingness to get it smashed.

In the first, the 31-2 JD (age 34) looked soft. The 6-5 under-double-dog ate jabs from the start and hooks. He stalked but the Bama guy moved, slid left, and was so relaxed against a slow foe. In the second, we saw a paw jab but then a hard right from Wilder. He owned the round. Trainer Mark Breland asked for him to “split the gloves” with a piercing jab, after the round. We saw blood on the bridge of Dupe's nose, and we spotted scar tissue there pre-fight, so I'm guessing he was cut a couple weeks ago.

In the third, Wilders' left eye was puffy. Then he got cracking, and had Dupe in trouble. But not so bad that he didn't finish the round. A nasty left hook by Wilder had the crowd jazzed in the fourth. In the fifth, Wilder moved laterally, and that left eye was puffier. He added in uppercuts now…Dupe ate for about 45 seconds late. Would he stay erect? To the sixth, after ref Jack Reiss warned Dupe to show him something, Wilder stayed on attack. The blood on Dupes' face attested to his effectiveness. One twos landed, and he then added a hook and a slide-out, a few times.

In the seventh, Dupe was in trouble. Reiss stared hard…You OK, he asked him at 1:22…He stayed erect, and landed a couple uppercuts but not with crazy pop. To the 8th and 9th, Dupe was hanging in, hanging one, staying present, hoping that he could land one that Wilder didn't see. In the 10th, Dupe was hurt and held. He was more hurt the next round and the ref halted it.

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-Radam G :

D-Wild looked average against a C-level pug. D-Wild either had a bad night or he just ain't got it for the top guns. Holla!


-DaveB :

Wilder was the happiest man on the planet when the ref stopped that fight. Man, now he won't want to fight Povetkin for another five years. He still has a lot of work to do to compete with the top guys. He can't hide forever now that he has the title.


-SouthPawFlo :

Good Fight, Wilder needs to work on keeping his hands up, and stop pulling straight back... Also he needs to learn how to throw A jab to the body followed by the Big Right hand upstairs, this guy was blocking most of his right hands threw the first 6 rounds... Luckily he found the upper cut and left hook combo to be working... Definitely a tougher fight than it needed to be, Klitchsko finishes this guy in 3rounds or less... Entertaining fight tho


-SouthPawFlo :

Let me Clear up my statement and not sound so negative, Wilder Won virtually every round (I think I gave the Frenchman 1 Round), he was definitely in some shape because he was still throwing BOMBS in the 11th Round and some Junior Welterweights can't even do that, and he maintained his composure and didn't freak out because he had a swollen eye... But as he moves up in competition he needs to add more "wrinkles" to his offensive arsenal... He was stopping guys with just the simple 1-2, but now guys are waiting on his fastball and it's not as effective as before, so now he needs to add a left hook around the guard and take a little off the right hand and load up on the left hook once the opponent closes up to defend the Straight right.. 1-2-3 combination would help him a lot... I did see him walk the guy into a left hook along the ropes as he was moving to his right and that was a welter weight move.. Good Fight


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

Wilder has been boxing for over 10 years now. As the saying goes, "he is what he is." He has technical flaws, just as Muhammad Ali did, especially when it comes to pulling straight back. Also, he is athletic but fights flat footed. Even with his flaws, I think he is good enough to beat most heavyweights. Don't be suprised when he wins a tough 12 round decision against Povetkin.


-Domenic :

Let me Clear up my statement and not sound so negative, Wilder Won virtually every round (I think I gave the Frenchman 1 Round), he was definitely in some shape because he was still throwing BOMBS in the 11th Round and some Junior Welterweights can't even do that, and he maintained his composure and didn't freak out because he had a swollen eye... But as he moves up in competition he needs to add more "wrinkles" to his offensive arsenal... He was stopping guys with just the simple 1-2, but now guys are waiting on his fastball and it's not as effective as before, so now he needs to add a left hook around the guard and take a little off the right hand and load up on the left hook once the opponent closes up to defend the Straight right.. 1-2-3 combination would help him a lot... I did see him walk the guy into a left hook along the ropes as he was moving to his right and that was a welter weight move.. Good Fight
Good analysis. It was a very entertaining fight, and I thought Wilder showed good stamina and grittiness, despite a fairly limited game plan. The Frenchman earned every penny of his purse. The guy gave it his all, took a pounding, didn't lay down when rounds earlier he could've, and made Wilder dig pretty deep to get the stoppage. The Frenchman wasn't great, but I think Wilder emerges with some valuable experience (with a badly swollen left eye, an 11th round stoppage against a guy who wouldn't go away). It wasn't inconceivable that Wilder could've run out of gas, but didn't.


-brownsugar :

228 lbs of lean muscle, stretched over a 6'7" frame of volitile savagery, ... Wilder is a born exhibitionist and easily the most enthusiastic boxer I have ever witnessed. A long snapping jab, improved stamina, and no fear of fighting on the inside, Wilder has shown major improvements since his last fight. One of the most electrifying heavyweight fights I have seen in a while. I hope the big guy can get past Provetkin.... We've been waiting a good while for excitement to return to the heavyweight division.