Deontay Wilder picks Andrzej Wawrzyk for his Next Title Defense

DEONTAY WILDER RETURNS IN FEBRUARY — WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will defend his title against Poland’s Andrzej Wawrzyk on Feb. 25 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL. So says Tuscaloosa (AL) sportswriter Aaron Suttles who broke the story on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) will be making the fifth defense of the title he won on Jan. 17, 2015 in Las Vegas with a lopsided decision over Bermane Stiverne.

In previous title defenses, Wilder, an Alabama native, stopped Eric Molina, Artur Szpilka, Johann Duhaupas, and Chris Arreola. The Molina, Duhaupas, and Arreola bouts were staged here in Birmingham.

In his last go this past July, Wilder pummeled Arreola into submission. The bout was halted after eight rounds. However, he emerged from the contest with a hand injury and a torn biceps, both of which required surgery. Wilder resumed training this month.

The Wilder-Arreola match replaced a match between Wilder and Alexander Povetkin that was slated for May 21, 2016 in Moscow. That match fell out when Povetkin tested positive for meldonium, a drug that VADA (the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) added to the list of illegal substances on Jan. 1, 2016.

The WBC ultimately cleared Povetkin on the grounds that it was impossible to prove that he had ingested the drug after the date it was placed on the list of banned substances. That cleared the way for Povetkin to fight Bermane Stiverne in a title eliminator this past weekend (Dec. 17). However, that match also fell out when it was revealed that Povetkin had again tested positive, this time for the banned substance ostarine.

The announcement that Wilder’s management had picked Andrzej Wawrzyk as his next opponent undoubtedly has Don King seeing red. When Povetkin-Stiverne fell out, King implored the WBC to mandate a Wilder-Stiverne rematch. That King has been spurned speaks reams about his declining influence and perhaps says something about WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman being his own man. Sulaiman’s late father, former WBC honcho Jose Sulaiman, was widely regarded as little more than a Don King puppet.

Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs) is a 29-year-old 6-foot-5 Pole who weighs about 240 pounds. This is his second stab at a world title. In May of 2013, he was stopped in the third round in Myakinino, Russia by the aforementioned Povetkin who was then recognized as the WBA world heavyweight champion.

This will be Wawrzyk’s second appearance at Legacy Arena. In September of 2015, he appeared on the undercard of Wilder’s title defense against Johann Duhaupas. Wawrzyk was matched against Mike Sheppard, a 40-year-old campaigner from West Virginia who had been knocked out 12 times in his 43 pro bouts, six in the opening round. Wawrzyk put away Sheppard in the third frame.

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COMMENTS

-dino da vinci :

And why wouldn't he?


-ali :

And why wouldn't he?
We tired of seeing him fight avg to below avg fighters


-Radam G :

We tired of seeing him fight avg to below avg fighters
Ditto, SCLA Ali. Nice to see you back in da mix. Holla!


-deepwater2 :

Wilder and his cherry picks are bad for boxing. I thought the Pbc outfit would step it up this year but I guess the money laundering operation needs more losses to write off. Lara vs Rabbi foreman and wilder vs some guy is business as usual for the Pbc.


-oubobcat :

I think we won't see Wilder in a significant fight for another 12 to 18 months. Haymon as well as the rest of his management are going to milk the WBC belt for all they can until finally getting in the ring with Joshua sometime next year. Despite all the pro fights, Wilder to me still looks very raw and unpolished. He still makes fundamental mistakes that his competition hasn't made him pay for yet. But limited fighters like Firtha and Molina gave him issues in spots and unless things get tightened up quick a more skilled heavyweight will expose him at some point. Wilder still holds his lands low way to much, pulls straight back quite a bit and does not bring his left back in a timely manner after jabbing. I thought Stiverne would expose him a few years ago but Stiverne in that fight just did not let his hands go. But a heavyweight with skills and willingness to throw will get to Wilder if these flaws are not corrected. And its been 37 fights without corrections made...


-deepwater2 :

I think we won't see Wilder in a significant fight for another 12 to 18 months. Haymon as well as the rest of his management are going to milk the WBC belt for all they can until finally getting in the ring with Joshua sometime next year. Despite all the pro fights, Wilder to me still looks very raw and unpolished. He still makes fundamental mistakes that his competition hasn't made him pay for yet. But limited fighters like Firtha and Molina gave him issues in spots and unless things get tightened up quick a more skilled heavyweight will expose him at some point. Wilder still holds his lands low way to much, pulls straight back quite a bit and does not bring his left back in a timely manner after jabbing. I thought Stiverne would expose him a few years ago but Stiverne in that fight just did not let his hands go. But a heavyweight with skills and willingness to throw will get to Wilder if these flaws are not corrected. And its been 37 fights without corrections made...
I have heard the whispers that Wilder does not do what mark Breland tells him to do, while in training camp.I expect to see another trainer brought in the not to distant future. Wilder is not elite and does not have proper technique. Briggs ,Fury, old Klit , even Haye , and possibly novice Joshua all beat Wilder the windmill. Usyk will knock out Wilder tomorrow.


-deepwater2 :

Well.... Wilder just said average boxing fans don't know boxing since he is ridiculed for taking fixed fights. The thing is most boxing fans know Wilder is a hype job. Good job Wilder. Your view of boxing fans says it all. Fake champ.