Even if this is understandable, even if we are used to it, I find it quite amusing, if not pathetic and sad. I’m talking about the nowadays habit to hide the plain truth behind a little finger, in the name of what? Of course, in the name of business! I know, we are all desperately tired of waiting for the new King of boxing.
I mean the “real king of boxing.” Floyd Mayweather Jr. cannot be considered the real king of boxing. Not enough drama in his fights and not the right size.
The real king of boxing has to be a big, strong, possibly American heavyweight. Iron Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield were the last kings of boxing. Then came the Middle Age of boxers without great personality, contenders, capacity.
Wladimir Klitschko dominated in the past 10 years the heavyweight division but his style is honestly very difficult to look at for many of fans and his opposition’s level was probably the lowest in decades.
Do you remember any fight of him that kept you on the edge of your chair like the Mike Perez and Magomed Abdusalamov fight did? I don’t.
And do you know what? There is another bad news: Wladimir is getting older so, what after?
For all the reasons above, it is clear that the business wants and the fans want a new great heavyweight champ and if we do not have him…well, let’s make it!
Let’s believe we got the right guy, right now, at any cost.
I’m a huge Mayweather fan but I never believed, for a split of a second, that he fought the fight he fought against Marcos Maidana on purpose. He ain’t no stupid! He kept telling us that there is nothing cool on taking punches and suddenly, for the sacred sake of the fans’ happiness, he decided to get hammered from a puncher like Marcos Maidana. Bull*** dear Floyd.
n fact, you guess what? In their second fight he took all the possible ways to avoid the same situation. What about the fan’s fun Floyd?
So, going back to our King’s division, we have now a name that is supposed to be the future of boxing: Deontay Wilder. And which are the data we can look at to support our hope?
34 fights, undefeated, with 33 KO wins. Great but no one of his contenders had the slight credential to be considered a top fighter. Therefore we have to wait until Deontay will face a top fighter. And this is already a problem because we cannot see many around, to be honest. So we are forced to look at what we have and to take the consequent deductions.
What I saw, on Saturday’s fight Wilder and Eric Molina, was that Wilder power is not king’s size (I already noticed it in the fight against Bermane Stiverne) but also, more important, that Wilder is susceptible to getting hit and that his chin looks not great at all.
Everybody gets hit hard, that’s true, even Mayweather once a while but that happened against people like Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao.
Wilder keeps his chin too high and exposed and it is just matter of time to get somebody to take better advantage of this than a guy like Molina did.
He was smart enough to back up when he was hit hard by Molina but he looked unused to fight on his back foot and his footwork was very bad.
His legs’ compass is far too open and I fund a great idea from his entourage to decide to postpone the fight against Alexander Povetkin.
The same Povetkin that went 3 times on the canvas and lost by 15 points against old Wladimir…
In conclusion, to believe that Wilder kept Molina alive to get some rounds is like to believe that Christmas day comes on the first of August.
The reason why Wilder was using his powerful right hand so scarcely, is because Molina was able to time him and to hurt him with his left hook when Wilder was trying to use his lead right hand.
This is quite basic and refusing to see it is exactly like to hide behind a little finger.