My take is the following:
Wilder simply MUST fight either top five heavyweight contenders, or World Championship Unifications from this point forward. Ortiz, Parker, the Joshua-Klitchko winner, and so forth. Other than a sick Stiverne, whom the WBC has just issued is his mandatory for a rematch, there is nobody on Wilder's resume who is even a D/D+ grade fighter. That is sad. It's also sad that I had Washington pitching a shutout before Wilder's KO.
Wilder has to insist that Al Haymon give him better quality matches that meet the criteria I posted above. Otherwise, his championship status will have no merit other than in the WBC and the state of Alabama. The value of a title is weighted heavily by the level of competition fought in defending that belt. All I see in Wilder at this point in time is a big heavyweight with a cracking punch, but no skills or style.
I usually agree with you, Jack. However, I think you're being a little too hard on Wilder and your expectations are a bit far fetched.
The guys that you named that Wilder should fight, have handlers also....it's just not up to Haymon and Wilder. Hell, wasn't he supposed to fight Povetkin last summer? What happened there? The guy tested positive to PEDs. Wasn't Povetkin supposed to fight Stiverne a few months ago? What happened there? Again, Povetkin tested positive for PEDs.
Whose fault was it that Stiverne was sick going into the Wilder fight? Nobody's. As far as I'm concerned, Stiverne is making excuses. We can't say that Arreola is a D+ fighter when most gave Stiverne credit for KO'ing him, which gave him (Stiverne) a title shot at Wilder. Didn't most observers believe that Stiverne was gonna expose Wilder for being exactly what you labeled him....a big HW with a cracking punch and no skills or style?
We can't have to both ways, honestly....we just can't. As far as I'm concerned, Wilder is giving boxing what it needs right now....knockouts! Isn't that what casual fans want? As far as what "hardcore" boxing fans want/expect from the sport, I could two craps what they want.
Why? Look at the numbers for Kovalev/Ward. Deplorable....especially for a fight that ALL boxing fans were clamoring over. Again, deplorable. What about GGG/Lemieux's numbers? Again, deplorable. What do boxing fans do when we get free fights on network TV? Complain, as always....never fails.
Point is, we can't all have what we want, when we want it. Furthermore, we can stop blaming the "lackluster" turnout of Mayweather/Pacquiao a couple of years ago....boxing fans and their deplorable efforts to make the sport bigger, predated that fight.
I say that Wilder needs to keep doing what he's doing. Boxing fans love you when you're hot and hate you when you're cold.