Watch Deontay Wilder vs. Artur Szpilka Live Boxing fans hoping to catch the Heavyweight bout between and Artur Szpilka Live Boxing. Deontay Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight title against Artur Szpilka live on USStreams this weekend and although he expects him to win, Carl Froch wants the Bronze Bomber to make a statement…
I’m looking forward to going out to New York to watch Deontay Wilder.
I like him and he is exactly what the sport needs. He brings excitement and entertainment and that is what we want to see. And it’s what we need, especially in America and especially in the heavyweight division.
Here’s the viewing details:
When: Saturday, January 16 at 10 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Live Stream: Showtime Anytime
WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (35-0, 34 KO) will make his third defense of the title on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, against Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KO). Wilder has been a wrecking ball since he first laced up the gloves to box professionally in 2008.
Just one opponent (Bermane Stiverne in January 2015) has managed to go the distance against Wilder. As the only American fighter to hold a share of the heavyweight crown since Shannon Briggs in 2006, Wilder seeks to build his legacy and move toward bigger accomplishments in 2016 and beyond.
This looked like a somewhat friendly defense up until Thursday, when Boxing News 24 captured this melee between the two fighters at the top of the Empire State Building.
It may have been antics to help sell the fight at the 11th hour, but that was pretty cinematic.
Before Wilder attempts to defend his WBC crown against Szpilka, the vacant IBF heavyweight title will be on the line when “Prince” Charles Martin attempts to become the second American since 2006 to win a share of the heavyweight title. He’ll face “The Czar” Vyacheslav Glazkov in the co-featured bout.
“I’m looking forward to the world embracing me, and to continue being the heavyweight champ of the world, soon to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” Wilder said. “2016 belongs to Deontay Wilder, where he will unify the division. There has not been one since 1999. That was Lennox Lewis. Now I must make history. I can’t let any man get in my way from that.”
The boxing world would love to see a heavyweight control the division and become synonymous with excellence in the weight class. But wait a minute, isn’t that what Wladimir Klitschko did for the better part of 10 years before he was beaten by Tyson Fury in November 2015?
The big difference is: Wilder is American, which has proved to be more impacting in the sport, and he has more swag than Klitschko. Wilder is anything but robotic, which is one of the many criticisms Klitschko faced during his run as heavyweight kingpin.
And Wilder is still just 30 years old. He could theoretically have seven to eight more years to perform in his prime. If he can beat Szpilka and then schedule at least one bout against one of the other reigning heavyweight champions (Fury or the winner of Martin-Glazkov) he will be well on his way toward establishing the legacy he covets.