WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (35-0) plans on making some noise in a resurgent heavyweight division when he squares off against Artur Szpilka (20-1) on January 16th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Wilder is confident in his ability and is of the opinion that he is the number one heavyweight in the world at the moment. He’s also hoping to spread the opinion – which isn’t a popular one at present – by knocking out Szpilka when they meet in January. During a press conference call Wilder said “I’m knocking Szpilka out and I’m sending a message to everyone who stands in my way”.
Szpilka of course had his own ideas on Wilder and their upcoming bout, stating “He’s never fought somebody like me. Everybody he fought but Bermane Stiverne was a bum”.
Such a statement is debatable and one could argue that a number of Wilder’s previous opponents are somewhat beter that Szpilka. However, should Szpilka overcome Wilder it is unlikely that he would have a very long reign as the heavyweight champion.
Perhaps the most likely outcome for this bout is the one Wilder himself is aiming for and to avoid such an outcome Artur Szpilka will have to really step his game up.