Deontay Wilder to fight on 8/16

In what shapes up to be a stay busy fight for #1 WBC Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs), he’ll be fighting on August 16th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Deontay doesn’t have an opponent picked out for the fight, as he was just added to the card earlier today.

The management for hard hitting Wilder wants him to get in a fight to keep him sharp before his world title challenge later on this year against WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne. He’s currently out with a hand injury, but it’s expected to be healed in time for him to Deontay later this year.

Wilder’s fight on August 16th is on the undercard of the Shawn Porter – Kell Brook and Anthony Dirrell vs. Sakio Bika fights. The Wilder vs. TBA fight very likely won’t be televised on the card because the Bika_Dirrell and Omar Figueroa fight will be televised ahead of his fight. At best, Wilder’s fight results might be briefly previewed in between one of the fights on the card.

Lightweight Jorge Linares has also been added to the card and will be matched up against an opponent still to be determined.

Wilder is seen by some fans as the next heavyweight champion of the world. The late Emanuel Steward predicted that Wilder would be a world champion by 2013. However, his promoters at Golden Boy decided to move him along a little more slowly, and besides that, former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko sat on his WBC title for a long time without defending it. He finally vacated the belt in 2013, but it was too late for Deontay to fight for the title.

The opponent for Wilder on August 16th won’t be anyone that has the potential to give him any problems because they’re not going to take a risk with him given that he’ll only have two weeks to prepare for the fight.