Via Charles Brun: Andre Ward disagrees with promoter Eddie Hearn’s recent comment that ‘Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder will not lose a round to IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Ward said that Wilder’s right hand would find its mark on Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) at some point in the game, and he would win the rounds.
Usyk is interested in taking on the famous former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) next, provided he is picked up by Robert Helenius on October 15 in their main event bout. on FOX Sports pay-per-view at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York.
If a journeyman like Dereck Chisora can narrowly beat Usyk in October 2020, Wilder will also succeed against him.
“Right. That right hand will hit the ground at some point. The rounds will be won by Wilder,” said Andre Ward Twitter in response to a comment from Eddie Hearn to Boxing Scene about Oleksandr Usyk not losing a round to Deontay Wilder if they did.
It’s understandable why Hearn would pass up Wilder’s chance against Usyk as he had just beaten British promoter’s top boxer Anthony Joshua twice in a row.
It was Hearn’s #1 earner in his Boxing Matchroom stable, and was clearly a blow when AJ’s ship was scuttled by Usyk.
Those losses by Joshua have effectively put his career on the brink of skateboarding, and a likely defeat to Tyson Fury on December 3 will be the highest point.
Joshua is currently on the precipice, and one more defeat will finish him off as a boxer. As such, it’s pretty easy to see why Hearn would badmouth Wilder as it makes Joshua look even worse if he can take Usyk down.
Wilder has a great chance of defeating Usyk as he will find him at some point in the fight. Joshua knocked out a lot of power shots of his own in their rematch on August 20 and injured Usyk in the ninth round.
If Wilder unleashes the same punches Joshua did against Usyk, it’s reasonable to assume he’ll finish him off.
That obviously doesn’t bode well for Tyson Fury as he has plans to fight Usyk in February or March, but oh well. When you mess with the bull [Wilder]you get horns.