By Michael Collins: Big 6’7” unbeaten heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KO’s) looked great on Saturday night in obliterating Matthew Greer (15-9, 13 KO’s) by a 2nd round TKO at the Centro de Convenciones in Villa Hermosa, in Tabasco, Mexico. After a fairly conservative 1st round, Wilder knocked Greer down three times in the 2nd round to get a stoppage win.
Wilder’s first knock down in the 2nd came from a chopping right hand to the head that put Greer down face first.
After Greer got up, Wilder hit him with a couple of hard jabs followed by a big hand that dropped Greer for the second time in the round. Moments later, Wilder finished Greer off with a flurry of shots followed by a right hand to the head. The fight was stopped at 1:16 of the round by referee Jesus Manuel Erosa.
In the 1st round, Wilder seemed to be working on showing off his jab and left hook since that was mostly what he was throwing. Wilder did flurry in the last seconds of the round with some hard combinations, but that was the only time in the round where Wilder used his right hand.
Wilder’s jab still needs a lot of work in that he’s snapping it out when he throws it. He was mostly pawing with it. He also wasn’t throwing his left hook like he was comfortable with it. His balance was off when he was throwing it, and it lacked the kind of power that he’s going to need to be able to use it as a weapon when he moves up the ladder in the heavyweight division.