WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s management is in negotiations with the management of former heavyweight world title challenger Andrzej Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KOs) for a fight on February 25 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The fight would likely be televised on Premier Boxing Champions on Showtime.
The deal still hasn’t been finalized yet between the 29-year-old Wawrzyk and Wilder (37-1, 36 KOs), but it’s expected to be. Wilder needs to get back into the ring resume his career after suffering a bad injury to his right arm in his last title defense against Chris Arreola five months ago in July. It’s taken a long time and many surgeries for Wilder to finally be ready to fight again. His right was fractured and his right bicep torn in the Arreola fight in round 4. It was a costly win for the 6’7” Wilder.
Wawrzyk’s pro experience against quality opposition is limited to his fight against former WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin in May 2013. That was a world title shot that Wawrzyk, and he was quickly blown out in three rounds by Povetkin.
Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas said this to RingTV.com about the fight between him and Wawrzyk:
“We’re hoping to get things finalized and be official shortly,” said Deas. “I think 2017 is going to be a huge year but as you know it’s always one fight at a time. You could look to the Joshua-Klitschko winner. You could look to Joseph Parker. But if you don’t take care of business right in front of you, those possibilities go away.”
The hardcore boxing fans have not taken the news of a fight between Wilder and Wawrzyk with gladness. The fans see Wawrzyk as yet another easy mark for Wilder to pad his record with and keep him as the WBC champion a little longer until he cashes out against IBF champion Anthony Joshua in a unification fight. Joshua would likely be heavily favored over Wilder when/if that fight happens in 2017 or later. The boxing fans point out that the Polish fighter Wawrzyk has only faced one good opponent in his career in Povetkin, and he was easily beaten by him in a one-sided fight.
Wawrzyk has not shown that he’s improved since the Povetkin fight despite winning his last six fights. Wawrzyk has faced weak opposition. He’s gotten positive results in those fights, but he’s not beaten anyone good. It’s very likely going to be terrible news for Wawrzyk’s fans when he gets in the ring with Wilder and is blown out quickly.
“Very good skill set,” said Deas about Wawrzyk. “But I don’t think he’s ever been in the ring with anything like Deontay Wilder.”
This would be Wilder’s fifth fight since winning the WBC title in 2015. He’s beaten Eric Molina, Johann Duhaupas, Artur Szpilka and Chris Arreola since winning the title.