Al Haymon aspires to control boxing in the United States. We know that for a fact. Now with his crown jewel Floyd Mayweather just about finished, Haymon desperately needs a new leverage weapon on his chess board. In boxing, no matter how wealthy or powerful a promoter may be, nothing can be accomplished without having a major marquee star to sell and promote.
You see, Al Haymon has a lot of B sides and large roster of good, local talent but he needs a big star. And Deontay Wilder has been chosen to be that next big heavyweight marquee star.
So Al Haymon showed us his “heavyweight star” again this past weekend, on a FOX televised show in Alabama against a very limited, mediocre (though unbeaten) contender named Gerald Washington. Washington arguably won the first four rounds against Wilder before expectantly getting knocked out in the fifth round. It was yet another sloppy, unimpressive effort by Wilder who still has yet to fight or beat a respected contender.
Wilder has been clearly protected by Haymon and fed a series of mismatched and lousy opposition for several years now, yet still he has failed to deliver an impressive performance. Quite obviously, at this point it’s clear to see what Deontay Wilder is… a manufactured fraud pretender, fancily packaged as a still-developing, raw talent. Wilder has stopped improving because the only real way for a boxer to enhance and refine his skillset is by taking risks and figuring out how to solve problems and overcome adversity. Wilder is forbidden from having to do that so he’s been stagnant for basically his entire career. Wilder is protected from having to face any kind of real adversity or danger because his handlers know he’s extremely limited as a fighter and they thus have very little confidence in his abilities to develop and evolve into an authentic champion.
So they must protect Wilder and maintain his sham “reign” as WBC Heavyweight champion, by any means necessary. Do you understand? Boxing in America is devoid of any huge-selling, extraordinarily talented, charismatic natural superstars like Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquaio, Sugar Ray Leonard or Muhammad Ali. Al Haymon knows this and thus he knows he has to create and manufacture a boxing star, not unlike how the music industry creates pop stars. Wilder is a creation by formula, not by competitively overcoming risky challenges and difficult tests. There is simply too much at stake now. Haymon is a megalomaniac with a lot of money, ambition and manipulative skills, however he no longer has Mayweather as his ace in the hole so he’s desperate to create his artificial, new Mayweather.
The problem is Wilder is borderline average/awful and will fall like a house of cards within minutes the first time he’s forced to fight a real heavyweight contender. Wladimir Klitschko, the former Heavyweight champion who employed Wilder as his sparring partner a few years ago shared a most interesting revelation about Wilder: “He punches very hard. But he can’t take a punch at all.”
After this latest “win” by Wilder, there is talk by his camp that they want a big fight next against someone like Joseph Parker or Anthony Joshua or Wladimir Klitschko. But words are just words and astute ring observers know Wilder will most likely face another Al Haymon handpicked patsy, probably Bermane Stiverne next.
Yes, that same Bermane Stiverne who Don King told us “transferred the WBC title” to Wilder, curious and suspect word play which sounded an awful lot like the Wilder vs Stiverne world title fight a couple of years ago was actually a business transaction and not a real, actual, level-playing field fight.
Welcome to Al Haymon’s minor boxing league, where everything is kept in-house and boxing stars have to be created, manufactured and protected. Al Haymon has not been equated to Vince McMahon for nothing.