Deontay Wilder was put on the canvas before his fateful meeting with Tyson Fury in February, although footage of the incident doesn’t seem to exist.
Conspiracy theorists believe any video evidence of the weakness, which saw Wilder eventually saved by the bell against Harry Sconiers, was buried.
In the end, Sconiers was blasted out in the fourth round, having been dropped four times. But detractors of Wilder are now stating being downed by a 20-loss opponent in 2010 would have been detrimental to the successful building of the American’s name.
Discussions had already been swirling about a weak chin due to being stopped in the amateurs. Plus, from incidents during a European sparring tour.
This could have been made worse if the Sconiers canvas visit had been readily available.
People talk more of Wilder’s fragility since Fury dropped him on more than one occasion before ending the job in seven.
With clips on tap for the Sconiers downing, would Wilder have been able to pass up the notion of a weak chin?
You can’t work on taking a punch. You’ve either got it, or you haven’t.
Add to that Sconiers was just over six feet two and 225 pounds soaking wet, and you’d have a big problem convincing anyone otherwise.
This information has never been spoon-fed to fans. They’d undoubtedly have needed it, given the YouTube and video age we currently live in.
DEONTAY WILDER TRILOGY
Suppose predominant cruiserweights are putting you down. Then going up against a six-foot-nine-inch beast like Fury could change your thinking considerably.
Questions could now be asked of what kind of shape Fury was actually in when he fought Wilder the first time. Any solid blow landed cleanly may have been enough to end the argument without needing a rematch.
But as is boxing, there’s a trilogy from what now looks like a one-sided match-up. That’s if you believe the conspiracists.
Wilder has to detonate a massive banger on Fury’s chin. One even more solid and powerful than the first fight. That’s to prove he belongs in this kind of class.
It is that critical. Many people now see Wilder as a far more inferior campaigner than Fury.
There’s plenty to prove for the underdog in the trilogy.