Deontay Wilder’s Chin: Will it Hold Up in His Next Fight?

Published 02/18/2021, 7:00 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stands in the ring before the start of his title fight against Luis Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder retained his title with a seventh-round knockout. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Tyson Fury brutalized Deontay Wilder in the latter’s previous boxing outing. The ‘Bronze Bomber’ got abruptly exposed for his game plans and suffered his first career loss. Prior to ‘The Gypsy King, not even a handful of pugilists could seriously test Wilder’s chin. However, in February 2020, boxers were handed a blueprint to stun the former champion.

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Hence, the major question is whether the 35-year-old’s chin will hold up in his next fight.

Wilder has a colossal frame with little defense. This directly exposes his chin for the other combatants to attack. However, with his gigantic reach, the Alabama native kept himself protected against boxers with lesser reach. Unfortunately, he could not do so against Fury who had the edge in height and reach.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The Brit fully capitalized on Wilder’s fragile defense and weak chin. Not only that, but he also dodged the 35-year-old’s dynamite-like right hands to not get floored.

With his current orthodox style, Wilder doesn’t cover his face with the left and the lead hand. He makes giant movements to keep his opponents away from him and sets them up with his jabs. If the opponent falls in his range, he smothers them with blazing shots.

Heavyweights undeniably possess vicious knockout power. Coupled with that if they develop a solid chin or work to incorporate a style where they defend their chin, they increase their chances of winning a fight.

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Can Deontay Wilder improve on his chin in his upcoming fights?

Despite suffering his first career defeat, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ still has a long way to go. Though the loss has definitely left a fleck on his decorated career, he also has picked up a lot from both the Fury fights.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 18: Deontay Wilder looks at the crowd and celebrates after knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round during their bout for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight championship at Barclays Center on May 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)

Having been walked down, the Alabama native knows exactly what he needs to do to nullify this sort of game plan when he returns to the ring.

Defense seems to be the key, as Wilder has never had an issue with administering offense in his professional bouts. The eyes of the boxing world will be trained on ‘Bronze Bomber’ to see if he can make a swift return to glory. His style will certainly be the subject of debate, and it will be something worth watching in his forty-fifth professional bout.

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Will we get to see a different version of ‘Bronze Bomber’ on his return?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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