Deontay Wilder started slow, but a single right hand in the third round ended Kelvin Price's night in short order.
Deontay Wilder didn't have a quick start, and may have given away the first two rounds, but the big heavyweight rocked Kelvin Price in the third round with the Alabama Jam, knocking out his opponent with the first significant punch he landed in the fight.
Whatever you might think of Wilder (26-0, 26 KO) is probably fair. No, he hasn't faced top opposition. Yes, he's being brought along very slowly. And, sure, his game has a lot of holes still. One thing I don't think you can argue, however, is his right hand. That thing is legit, and if he lands it flush, opponents hit the floor. There's no faking the power he's holding, and it's all about a slow rise to get him where they want him to be.
Wilder, 27, won the bronze in Beijing back in 2008, but did so as an awkward, young guy who still hadn't grown into his body. As a pro, he's gone from 207 pounds in his pro debut on a 6'8" frame up to 225-230 for recent fights, packing on needed muscle and filling out his body. He's getting there -- not at the pace some would like to see, but at the pace his team thinks is appropriate.
He's not there yet, but he's starting to make his way.
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