WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) showed the world some of the tools in his arsenal last Saturday night in his 11th round TKO win over Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (32-3, 20 KOs) in a terrible mismatch on Premier Boxing Champions on NBC from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilder hammered away at the steel-chinned 34-year-old Duhaupas for 10 rounds without being able to put him down until the referee Jack Reiss had finally seen enough in the 11th round and moved in and stopped the fight at 0:55 of the round.
Wilder displayed a lot of different power punches in the fight. He also showed the boxing world that he’s a very good inside fighter and capable of throwing with major power from close range. This is obviously a new facet to Wilder’s game because before this fight, Wilder had never done much on the inside against his opponents other than clinch. It’s quite possible that one of Wilder’s 12 sparring partners that helped him get ready for this fight helped him develop his inside game.
The end of the fight came after Wilder buzzed Duhaupas with a right uppercut to the head in the 11th. The shot caused Duhaupas to back up with a look of pain in his face. Wilder then threw a mix of uppercuts and hooks to the head of Duhaupas one after another until referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight at 0:55 of the 11th. Wilder was getting total leverage in every shot that he threw during that sequence.
Duhaupas seemed to be trying to crowd Wilder from the 1st round in order to keep him from being able to throw his power shots from the proper distance to get the most amount of power on the shots. It worked for the most part, as Wilder wasn’t able to summon up the huge punching power that we’d seen from him in the past. But as the fight wore on, Wilder found ways to get the proper distance to throw his best shots. Wilder also started throwing big power shots from close range and he seemed to surprise Duhaupas with the power that he was able to get on his punches from close up.
“We’ve got to get these mandatories out of the way first, so people have to stay patient,” Wilder said. “The key is to stay patient. This is a process and a business. That fight will surely come around as long as I keep winning, which I will, and as long as he keeps winning. That fight should come around real soon and we’ll have an undisputed world heavyweight champion, which will be me. Klitschko and I have sparred before. I’m the younger guy and the more time that goes by, that’s an advantage for me. Each and every fight, I prove a little bit more about what people don’t know about me.”