Originally Posted by Absolutely!
I'm aware of that. So why isn't he trying to make more of a name for himself? Why the same ****ty level of competition time after time for, presumably, very little money? He wouldn't even have to fight anyone particularly dangerous to get the HBO hype train in gear. Mitchell had a similar lack of experience and was being touted for a title shot after beating Ibragimov and Witherspoon. The US is crying out for a heavyweight prospect. The time is ripe. So why the f*ck isn't he stepping up to the plate?
Because they know the HBO hype train will be there when they need it. There's a recent article by Gabriel Montoya on Wilder. Interesting are the comments by his trainer, Mark Breland. It's clear Breland considers Wilder a work in progress, not ready, etc.
As for Seth Mitchell -- maybe stepped up a little too early, no? Remember, a loss in boxing has awful implications, physical, monetary etc. for a fighter. In Seth's case, they were less risk averse probably because of his age. The clock was ticking.