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Deontay Wilder 29-0 (29 KOs): Heavyweight's next fight confirmed

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According to Fightnews, Jay Deas, trainer of American heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KOs), has confirmed his rising young prospect will fight Nicolai Firtha (21-10-1, 8 KOs) on October 26 in Atlantic City on the Hopkins vs Murat undercard. "We can confirm that Deontay will fight Nick Firtha on the Bernard Hopkins undercard," said Deas.

"It's a good fight for Deontay on short notice as Firtha is 21-10, coming off a win and went the distance with Johnathon Banks and Povetkin."

"He also had Tyson Fury in serious trouble in their fight before being stopped in five."

"Deontay and Firtha were both in camp with Wlad klitschko when Klitschko was preparing to fight Wach."

In August, the 6'7" American heavyweight made very quick work of former WBO Heavyweight Champion Siarhei Liakhovich (now 25-6, 16 KOs), stopping him at the 1:43 mark of the first round.

"I don't like to stick around because I'm not getting paid for overtime," Wilder said. "That being said, I wasn't surprised, but I didn't think it would be that short either, to beat a former world champion and against a guy known for going rounds.

"I'm blessed with power, I'm blessed with tremendous power. I don't even know the measure of my own power. I see why they should register my hands. When I hit someone, it's a felony."

Despite his sensational record, which some insist is padded with overmatched, ill-prepared opponents, Deontay Wilder is not rated among the top 10 heavyweights by most media. He is, however, ranked No. 12 in the division and No. 3 in the States by BoxRec. 

Who is Nicolai Firtha?
The 34 year old 6' 6" 250 lb heavyweight hails from Ohio and has been in the ring with the likes of Tyson Fury, Johnathon Banks, Alexander Povetkin and Tye Fields, losing to each opponent.

In his most recent outing, Firtha won a unanimous decision in July over Robert Hawkins (then 23-21-0).

Despite going the distance with Povetkin, Nicolai has been knocked out four times and is your classic journeyman.

Wilder vs Firtha
This bout is essentially a stay-busy/showcase assignment for the heavy-handed Wilder and he'll gain little by notching knockout victim No. 30, no matter how early. Firtha has faced some quality opponents, though, so it will be interesting to see how Wilder's compares.

A former sparring partner for Wladimir Klitschko, Firtha is no stranger to being in the ring with top-notch opponents so it would be unwise for Team Wilder to take him lightly.

Wilder KOs Liakhovich in Aug 2013. Not for the feint of heart


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