With the utter fiasco that this past weekend’s planned Povetkin-Stiverne eliminator proved to be, WBC champion Deontay Wilder was forced to look elsewhere for a return opponent. He may have taken the notion of "elsewhere" a little too far, however, as the Tuscaloosa Times reports that he’ll be facing Poland’s Andrzej Wawrzyk on February 25th in Birmingham.
Wawrzyk (33-1, 19 KO) has won six straight, all by knockout, since getting thrashed by Alexander Povetkin in 2013. Those six include such sterling foes as the decrepit husks of Danny Williams, Frans Botha, and Albert Sosnowski, the last of whom he knocked out in September. The WBC has him at #12 as of their December rankings, while the WBO have him at #15.
The only thing that even slightly exonerates Wilder (37-0, 36 KO) is the fact that he’s coming off of multiple surgeries to repair a broken hand and torn biceps suffered in his beatdown of Chris Arreola five months ago. Even then, this is a dung heap of a fight.
Don’t do drugs, kids. Drugs lead to this garbage.