Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs): American heavyweight records 32nd straight KO (Video)Written by Leroy Cleveland
American heavyweight knockout machine Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32KO) stopped an overmatched but very game Jason Gavern (25-17-4, 11KO) earlier today when the latter retired on his stool after Round 4.
Gavern, of course, who took the fight on six days notice, gained distinction as a fairly decent heavyweight after defeating over-the-hill, former three-division world champion James Toney (then 76-9-3, 2NC, 46 KO) in a three rounder in the UK's famed Prizefighter tournament last November.
“Deontay Wilder, as we’ve all seen, is most dangerous early in the fight,” stated expert trainer James Gogue last March.
“He has an excellent telephone pole jab and a brutal right hand that isn’t far behind. "
True to form, Wilder didn't sqaush expectations as he decked the rugged journeyman with that hard right hand in Rounds 3 and 4.
Now the mandatory challenger for newly-crowned WBC Heavyweight champion, Bermane Stiverne, Wilder may not have silenced his critics, many of whom believe he is the product of careful matchmaking.
"The careful matchmaking by his handlers could prove to be a grave injustice for the promising young Heavyweight because everyone is expecting great things from him at this point in his career," Gogie reiterated five months ago.
Padded record or not, consectutively knocking out 32 professional heavyweights is quite impressive.
"I got natural power, baby," asserted Wilder after knocking out Malik Scott in March.
Wilder has KO'd all 32 of his opponents in four rounds or less.