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?
Wilder is a bronze medal Olympian with a big promoter behind him. He probably is getting 25-35k for 5 fights a year. That's a helluva lot more than he would with the two jobs he was working.
Mitchell has Al Haymon getting him TV dates. To be fair, Wilder probably could get TV dates to blast some random can out, but then the pressure would be on for him to fight top level competition, and he clearly isn't ready....although he isn't that far off tbh. He'd be ready for an Banks, Arreola or Adamek by the end of this year. He's always very active.