By Sean McDaniel: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) has decided to take a tough challenge for his next fight by facing either Vyacheslav Glazkov (20-0-1, 12 KOs) or Australia’s Lucas Browne (22-0, 19 KOs).
Both guys are highly ranked, and both of them can be considered good enough opponents to be considered mandatory challengers in the eyes of many boxing fans. Wilder’s WBC mandatory is former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin, who Wilder expects to face by mid-2016.
Wilder, 29, has to agree to the Povekin fight by October of this year otherwise he’ll wind up getting stripped of his World Boxing Council heavyweight title by the WBC. Wilder isn’t about to let that happen.
Wilder’s September 26th fight against Browne or Glazkov will be televised on free TV on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. This will enable Wilder to keep increasing his marketing brand if he can get past one of those guys.
Browne is working real hard to try and get the Wilder fight, and he might just be the one to get the fight if he can show that fans will tune in to see the fight in big numbers. Right now, based on talent, neither of them is considered any better than the other guys. Glazkov is a little younger than Browne and seems to have a better chin.
Wilder wants to face IBO/IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2016 once he’s gotten past the September 26th optional defense against Browne or Glazkov and then beaten Povetkin as well.
“I’m ready for anyone in the world. I’m the champion. If I’m not ready now, then I’m in bad luck,” Wilder said to the Latimes.com. “A champion has to stay ready. All these guys are getting ready for me.”
Wilder realizes that he didn’t do a great job in his last fight against Eric Molina on June 13th of this month in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilder won the fight by a 9th round stoppage, but he shaken up several times by big shots from Molina.
This shouldn’t have been a very difficult fight for Wilder though, as Molina looked like a fighter who was ready to cave in early in the 1st and 2nd rounds, but Wilder wouldn’t let his hands go in the way that he needed to in order to make it an easy fight. Wilder treated Molina like an opponent to be feared instead of a guy that he could have and should have destroyed immediately.
“Every fight’s not going to be a pretty fight. I made a couple of mistakes [against Molina], he capitalized like he was supposed to, but I recognize it. I adjusted, threw jabs,” Wilder said.
If Wilder wants to beat guys like Glazkov, Browne and Povetkin, he’s going to need to forget about just using his jab and focus more on throwing power shots because he’s not going to beat those guys with his jab or by moving around the ring.