Wilder To Defend WBC Strap Against Duhaupas

By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)

Deontay Wilder will defend his world title next month after the opponent for his second defence was confirmed.

The American heavyweight is set to put his WBC crown on the line against Johann Duhaupas on September 26 as part of the Premier Boxing Champions series to be aired on NBC Sports.

Wilder is slated to put his green and gold prize –– which he won against Bermane Stiverne in January and defended against Eric Molina in June –– at stake at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Duhaupas, from Abbeville in Somme, France, is 34 and has a record of 32-2 (20). He has outlined, via his Facebook page, how he is going to challenge the undefeated puncher.

Should he provide as stern a test for Wilder as he is posing, Duhaupas’ showing will be refreshing to those who say the 29-year-old has had it easy since winning the belt.

But should form prevail and Wilder improve his record to 35 fights without defeat, he will have to fight WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin, who holds the governing body’s Silver belt.

Elsewhere, Antonio DeMarco will face former WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa in a 10-round light welterweight clash.

And undefeated Julius Jackson looks set to take on Rogelio Medina over 12 rounds.

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