Byrd Thinks Wilder Can’t Handle Pressure
While former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd is very impressed with WBC world heavyweight champion beltholder Deontay Wilder, he feels the Alabama native wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure against Anthony Joshua.
Byrd believes inability to handle pressure would not only cost Wilder against Joshua, but also the reason he almost lost to Luis Ortiz in March at Barclays Center.
“Deontay Wilder is a scary monster but he’s beatable just like anybody else,” says Byrd to Boxing News, as Wilder negotiates for a unification fight with Joshua for later in 2018.
“In Wilder’s last fight, that old man (Luis Ortiz) was getting ready to stop him. Ortiz is at least 45 years of age. If he had thrown three or four more punches he would have stopped Wilder. So, if Anthony Joshua puts pressure on him, he might win. Wilder can’t take pressure. If you do it the right way and use solid defence to get close, he can’t take it.
“But if you give that man distance and find yourself in his range, at the end of his punches, he will knock your head clean off. He has power that is unbelievable.
When it comes to styles, Byrd feels like Joshua would be the easier opponent for him.
“For my style, [Joshua] would have been my choice. The rangy guys like Vitali and Wladimir are hard to fight. I know Joshua is big and rangy in his own sort of way – for a small guy like me – but his style is different. He doesn’t know how to use his size all that well,” Byrd said.
“He’s six-six and a great athlete. He reminds me of Jameel (McCline) in a way. In a way.”
Original Story: Boxing News