Deontay Wilder(37-0) will make the fifth defence of the WBC heavyweight title he ripped from Bermane Stiverne back in January of 2015, when he takes on Poland’s Andrzej Wawrzyk(33-1) at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on February 25th.
The bout will be Wilder’s first since he stopped Chris Arreola at the very same venue in July, as the fighter was forced to undergo two surgeries to repair hand and biceps injuries suffered in that bout.
29-year-old Wawrzyk has won six straight fights since suffering the only loss of his career to Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin back in May of 2013. All six of those wins have come by way of stoppage. Wawrzyk’s most recent victory came in September when he finished countryman and former Vitali Klitschko victim Albert Sosnowski in the sixth round of a bout in Gdansk.
Another Wilder title defence, another opponent with a solid record on paper but who seems to pose no threat whatsoever to the towering Olympic bronze medallist. His reign as WBC champion has, thus far, been a really uninspiring one.
However, the Alabama native is forecasting that, after the Wawrzyk fight, 2017 will be different.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ claimed that he will be chasing the division’s other titleholders next year, including England’s big-punching IBF titlist Anthony Joshua
“Everyone wants to see him fight the man. And I am the man. No matter what people say, I am the man, especially in America,” the 31-year-old told Sky Sports.
“[Joshua vs Eric Molina] will get a few more Americans on tune with who Joshua is.”
“2017 will be a beautiful year. Our goal is to unify the division so we need others that want to put their title on the line.”
“2017 is all about risk-taking and I think it’s going to happen. There’s so much going on with belts and sanctions but, if I have my pick, I want to come back with a bang and unify the division with somebody.”
“If you’re at the top, no matter who you are – especially if you’re a belt-holder – we want you.”