Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Wilder Hopes Price is The First Step To Bigger Things

By Jake Donovan

The lone medalist from the 2008 U.S. Olympic boxing squad is set for his next ring appearance to take place during the heart of the 2012 Summer Games. While the next crop of amateur stars ply their trade in London, unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder embraces his toughest test to date as he faces Kelvin Price on August 4 at the Mobile (AL) Civic Center.

Tickets for the clash of towering and unbeaten heavyweights went on sale last Saturday. Moderately priced at $77, $42 and $22, tickets will be made available at the venue’s box office can be purchased in person or over the phone by calling (251) 208-7906. Fans can also purchase tickets through Ticketmaster, on its website (www.ticketmaster.com) or hotline (800-745-3000).

Wilder spared the 2008 U.S. Olympic squad the embarrassment of being shut out during the Beijing Games when he managed to capture a bronze medal. The overall team output was still the worst in more than 50 years of international competition, yet the lone form of salvation came from the squad’s least experienced amateur fighter.

The transition to the pro ranks has been smooth, as Wilder has literally been a knockout every time out. There have been grumblings of being matched soft, though next month’s challenge – which airs live on Fox Sports and Fuel TV - is a big step in the right direction.

"I want to be the heavyweight champion of the world,” insists Wilder. “Being the main event on FoxSports Net against a talented fighter like Kelvin Price is a step toward realizing my dream.”

Both fighters stand at 6’7” and took a late start to the sport after excelling at other sports in high school. The fight represents a rarity for Wilder in that he will see eye-to-eye with his opponent and also that he possibly concedes hometown advantage. 

It can be argued that Price (13-0, 6KO) boasts the stronger resume, solely on the strength of a past win over Tor Hamer. The victory looks even better in light of Hamer’s recent success in the UK Prizefighter tournament last month. While the fight takes place in Wilder’s home state of Alabama, the Mobile venue is closer to that of Price’s hometown of Pensacola, Florida.

“Kelvin’s resume went up considerably,” notes Jay Deas, who has guided Wilder’s career since the amateur days. “He’s a good fighter. It’s two undefeated tall fighters going in there. We’re certainly expecting to do our thing.”

Wilder is coming off of a 3rd round knockout of Owen Beck last month in Tuscaloosa. The August showdown with Price will mark his fourth fight of 2012, keeping in line with an active campaign that has featured 6-7 fights per year in each of his first three full years as a pro.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Rocky Rode on 07-18-2012

[QUOTE=joe strong;12348284]he is 23-0(23)...he's been dropped by harold sconiers(not huge deal but worth noting)& his signature win is over the faded owen beck. beck was once a C+ fighter but is now a C level trialhorse. wilder needs to give…

Comment by Hougigo on 07-18-2012

Who has the video when he was fighting the humburglar and got knocked down? Lol, Wilder might not win this one

Comment by joe strong on 07-17-2012

he is 23-0(23)...he's been dropped by harold sconiers(not huge deal but worth noting)& his signature win is over the faded owen beck. beck was once a C+ fighter but is now a C level trialhorse. wilder needs to give raphael…

Comment by Light_Speed on 07-17-2012

Misleading title...

Comment by MarkN999 on 07-17-2012

Until he does anything as a pro, Wilder should be getting zero press. A win over Owen Beck, indeed.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (16)
Top Headlines Donnie Nietes: I Want Chocolatito or Sor Rungvisai Next! Photos: Sor Rungvisai Wins War With Juan Francisco Estrada Andre Ward To Kovalev: Grow Up and Accept What Happened! Groves: That Wasn't the Best Callum Smith I've Seen; Was Flat McWilliams Arroyo Targets Sor Rungvisai Showdown Tony Bellew Wants Andre Ward, Tyson Fury at Old Trafford Too Video: McWilliams Arroyo on His Big Win Over Carlos Cuadras Video: Andre Ward on Ring Return, Sor Rungvisai-Estrada, More Video: Sor Rungvisai Breaks Down His Tough Win Over Estrada Video: Amir Khan Explains Anthony Joshua Beef, Talks Future Chocolatito Praises Estrada: Sor Rungvisai Lost, Unfair Decision! Estrada: What Did The Judges Watch? I Clearly Beat Sor Rungvisai Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - CompuBox Punch Stats Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - Official Scorecards - Photo Sor Rungvisai Decisions a Very Determined Juan Francisco Estrada Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard McWilliams Arroyo Shocks Carlos Cuadras With Majority Nod Cuadras vs. Arroyo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Donnie Nietes Drops, Stops Juan Carlos Reveco in Seventh Artem Dalakian Decisions a Bloody Brian Viloria For WBA Title Photos: George Groves, Callum Smith - Go Face To Face Sor Rungvisai vs. Estrada - LIVE Superfly 2 Results Anthony Yarde Batters, Stops Tony Averlant in Seven Callum Smith Outboxes Nieky Holzken, George Groves is Next Daniel Dubois Blasts Out DL Jones in Three Rounds Callum Smith vs. Nieky Holzken - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Ronnie Clark Shocks Zelfa Barrett in IBF Regional Bout Conte Responds To Wilder's "Always a Cheat" Jab at Luis Ortiz News: Miguel Cotto Update, Lewis Ritson, New England Results Brian Viloria Very Pumped as He Goes For Fifth World Title Bilal Akkawy Beats De Carolis, Moloney Brothers Win, More Callum Smith vs. Nieky Holzken - LIVE Results From Nuremberg Roamer Angulo Collides With Evert Bravo in Yucatan, Mexico Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs. Juan Francisco Estrada: Stats & Stakes Photos: Sullivan Barrera in Top Form, Grinds Hard For Bivol Shot Josh Taylor To Face Winston Campos, Humberto Soto is Out Callum Smith: I Want To Make Statement To George Groves, Fans Jarrell Miller: Could Be An 'Early Night' for Wilder or Ortiz Golovkin's Promoter Details How Canelo Rematch Was Finalized Adonis Stevenson: Andre Ward is Playing Games, He's Not Retired
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement