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 shitty 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.