Wilder takes WBC Heavyweight Title Over 12 Rounds

Wilder takes WBC Heavyweight Title Over 12 Rounds

Wilder worked his way to the top.

This was still enthralling bout and one which didn’t follow the predicted course many had outlined. Stiverne and Wilder both had KO power, and Wilder hadn’t even been in a fight that had gone past four rounds in his professional career. After this fight ended, Wilder’s impressive record showed 33 wins with 32 by knockout, and 0 losses.

Wilder has come a long way to get to this point, and he only started boxing in 2005 at the age of 20, after graduating from high school a year later. He had high ambitions of going to college and playing professional football or basketball, but after the birth of his daughter who has a spinal condition, he was forced into less glamorous employment opportunities to help provide for his family. The long slog would have all seemed worth it when he got his hands on the WBC belt to become the first American heavyweight to hold a title since 2006. Wilder emerged the unanimous winner with scores of 120-107, 119-108 and 118-109.

What the fight taught us

Wilder has the build and frame to cause opponents plenty of trouble, with his long reach and powerful straights there will be many boxers, such as Stiverne, that will have to walk through shots just to get to him. However, fighters such as Tyson Fury and the current holder of all the other belts, Wladimir Klitschko, will match him in size. We saw his chin tested for the first time, against a fighter who does have knockout ability and Wilder passed that test for now. Wilder also showed that he can control a fight. There was no point where Stiverne really begun to take a hold of the fight, and by the ninth round, Stiverne was looking fairly tired of walking into that right hand of Wilder’s.

Stiverne on the other hand, didn’t really look himself. Not that he was totally out of sorts, but he failed to execute the game plan of stalking Wilder and getting him on the back-foot to get on the inside. He did manage to hit Wilder with a couple of notable shots, but they weren’t knockout blows and he seemed to have no plan b. Stiverne claimed that he just wan’t at his best, and although he didn’t wish to discredit Wilder for fighting a ‘great fight’ he said his training had him prepped and ready by the end of November and that the fight being in January didn’t help his preparation at all. Stiverne has work to do, his strong chin was on display, no more so than in the 7th round when he was outlanded by Wilder 23 to 4 in punches. Stiverne will have to learn to bob, weave and move his head a little more to avoid being caught so flush, and to ensure he isn’t exhausted or dazed once he gets inside for the big shot.

What’s in store next?

Wilder has silenced some critics, but he is some way off being able to mix it up with the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, who has successfully defended his belts on 17 occasions now. He needs another 12 round test, he needs more experience and his technique needs refinement, but alike Anthony Joshua, he has the physical prowess to potentially go far. Stiverne will just have to dust himself off and go again. He is still clearly one of the better heavyweights in this lacklustre division but as he said himself, he didn’t perform well on the night and he will need an emphatic victory to put him in with any chance of another title fight.


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