WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is ready to add another early night to his record when the Alabama puncher defends his belt against Frenchman Johann Duhaupas on September 26.
Wilder, who turns 30 in October, has 32 knockouts within four rounds to his name from 34 victories and the general consensus is that the ‘Bronze Bomber’ will be adding to his tally of stoppages at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham – something the title holder himself agrees with.
“He’s never been knocked out until now. That’s always the ultimate goal when I’m in there with my opponent, to take them down. That’s how my name has gotten out there, through knockouts, and I want to keep that legacy going.
“It was big for me to knock my last opponent out and now I’m on a knockout spree,” said Wilder.
Duhaupas did score a career-best win over Manuel Charr in his last bout, although credibility from that majority points victory took a battering when the Lebanese-German was wiped out by a cracking Mairis Briedis punch in the fifth round earlier this month.
The 34 year-old ex-EU champion is a massive underdog to dethrone Wilder in what will his first world championship bout, although avoiding a third career defeat may prove too tough a task for Duhaupas when the pair collide on NBC.