Robert Helenius to face former world title challenger Johann Duhaupas on April 2nd

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It seems to be that, if a fighter conducts himself well in a challenge of reigning WBC heavyweight king, he will reap the rewards another big, high profile fight can bring. Eric Molina, who hit and hurt Wilder before being stopped in the 9th-round of a game challenge last June, will travel to Poland to face big name and former two-weight champ Tomasz Adamek on April 2nd, while on the same day, Johann Duhaupas will travel to Finland to fight unbeaten contender Robert Helenius.

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Wilder vs. Duhaupas statistics

WBC STATISTICS

WBC Heavyweight World Championship

Birmingham, Alabama – Legacy Arena

September 26, 2015

This will be the 1,909th fight sanctioned by the WBC in its 52-year history.

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Deontay Wilder Talks Up Maligned Johann Duhaupas Fight / UK Television Decline to Screen It

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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is still attempting to talk up his maligned PBC on NBC fight that takes place this Saturday night against little known Frenchman, Johann Duhaupas, although the rest of the world outside his Alabama backyard – where the fight takes place – seem not to care.

The Al Haymon advised fighter is under heavy fire from all quarters for the quality of the opposition he has selected since winning the belt in January against Bermane Stiverne, in what remains a career best performance – and as it stands today at time of writing [tuesday] no broadcaster in the UK has chosen to pick up the rights to screen Saturday’s clash with Duhaupas.

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Deontay Wilder Conference Call Transcript: Wilder vs Duhaupas

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Lou DiBella – I’m happy to be on this call for PBC on NBC as the heavyweight world champion, Deontay Wilder, returns to Birmingham, Alabama on September 26, Saturday night, live on NBC 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT. As he takes on Frenchman Johann Duhaupas who has 32-2 with 20 KO’s and coming off a win against title challenger Manuel Charr. The significant thing about this card is that this is the first time in 30 years that a heavyweight championship belt will be contested on primetime, free television. The last time that happened was when Larry Holmes fought Carl Williams in 1985 so Deontay is making some history here. This is the third fight of the year for Deontay Wilder who won the title in January, defended it in June, defending it again in September, so it’s a great thing that this young heavyweight champion who is still a work in progress is fighting with this kind of frequency and attempting to build his reputation and his skill set and to continue to dominate the division.

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Wilder: Selling 2nd Tier Opponents to His Hometown Fans

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American boxing fans in particular must be bemoaning the news that unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will be facing French WBC #12 ranked Johann Duhaupas (32-2, 20ko) on September 26th in his home state of Alabama in a scheduled PBC on NBC broadcast.

It is a frankly disappointing defence against more low-level opposition from the Al Haymon “advised” fighter – of whom fans are demanding much more – and at the first official presser to announce the fight on Thursday, it was evident the delicate process of polishing a turd had already begun.

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Wilder vs Duhaupas: Deontay Wilder Presser Quotes

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Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (34-0, 33 KOs) hosted a press conference yesterday to formally announce his Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC bout taking place Saturday, September 26 against Johann “Reptile” Duhaupas (32-2, 20 KOs) at Legacy Arena in Birmingham.

Wilder will defend his title for the second time in his home state. Duhaupas, who has never been stopped, hopes to defy the odds and do what no previous opponent has accomplished against Wilder – emerge victorious.

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