In his last fight against Chris Arreola, Deontay Wilder not only broke his right hand, but he also tore his right biceps muscle. Recovering from those two injuries required both surgery and time, but Wilder sees a blessing: Like Larry Holmes, he returned to the gym early -- even before he was healed -- working exclusively with the left. The result, he says, has been the development of a new level of skill with his jab -- exactly what happened to Holmes, who became one of the legendary jabbers in heavyweight history.
That new weopon will be on display Feb.25 in Wilder's hometown of Birmingham, Ala.
This high-energy conversation also delves into Wilder's opinion of boxers who use Performance Enhancing Drugs, including two-time abuser Alexander Povetkin, whose fight with Wilder before he tested dirty in 2015.
Our interview with the undefeated WBC heavyweight champ is preceded by John J. Raspanti and Rizwaan Zahid's breakdown of the sensational rematch between Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton, and Mikey Garcia's spectacular knockout victory over previously unbeaten world champion Dejan Zlatichinan, in Showtime's Saturday telecast.
A lively and enlightening show, front to back.