Heavyweight Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 26-0 (26ko) returns to the ring just a month removed from his last bout, an impressive 3rd round one-punch stoppage over previously undefeated Kelvin Price on Showtime TV. The overhand right was listed as one of Showtime’s “Knockouts of the Year 2012”.
Wilder is slated to face Matt “Gator” Greer in a scheduled 8-rounder on a Golden Boy/Pepe Gomez promoted card from Villahermosa, Tabasco January 19th. The show will be televised in Mexico by Televista and in the United States on Fox Espanol. No word on whether the Wilder bout will be part of the telecast. The main event pits Sergio Thompson against Moises Castro for the WBC Silver Super Featherweight Title.
Greer, of St. Louis, Missouri is 15-8 (13ko) and coming off a win in his previous bout. His last opponent of note, Dennis Boytsov (31-0) stopped him in six rounds in Germany. Greer was scheduled to fight undefeated Cuban Mike Perez but opted for the Wilder fight instead.
For his part, Wilder has maintained a busy pace, mixing in six bouts in 2012 between sparring assignments with the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, Malik Scott, Audley Harrison and Tony Thompson.
“We were asked if we wanted to fight in Mexico and of couse said yes,” said Wilder’s trainer/manager Jay Deas. “Deontay has avid fans in Mexico from two previous fights there and promoter Pepe Gomez has been good to us. Deontay is always in the gym so we’re able to take fights on short notice. We found out about this on Wednesday and will fly out just a few days later. As for Greer we know he’s a puncher and game. We’re glad he stepped up to the challenge where others turned it down. This is short notice for Greer and us as well.”
Stated Wilder, “I’m always ready to fight. They have great fans in Mexico and I look forward to fighting for them. As you know, I’m the WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight Champion and the WBC is based in Mexico. Viva Mexico!!”
Team Wilder, which includes Deas, former two time World Champion Mark Breland and Canadian Russ Anber will fly out Tuesday, Jan. 15th.