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Video Shows Deontay Wilder Beating on Internet Troll

Heavyweight contender and Olympic medalist Deontay Wilder(31-0, 31 KOs) has achieved a bit of internet fame for a video that was “leaked” to TMZ Sports which reports to show Wilder beating on Charlie Zelenoff.  Wilder claims that Zelenoff has trolled him via phone and Twitter for months and has sent numerous racist comments to Wilder, along with threatening his daughter. The video shows a heated encounter in which Wilder appears to handle Zelenoff quite easily with some hard words thrown in.

However, I question the veracity of this “fight”. Wilder’s punches sound loud but there’s no indications that anything clean lands; a dubious thing to believe when we’re talking about a fight between a former Olympian and a small, 160 lb nothing of a man. Additionally, why on earth would Zelenoff ever agree to such an encounter knowing that he’s facing impending pain?

The whole thing reeks of a staged event to build his online buzz, and it has succeeded. The video appears to be on its way of going viral and will certainly get Wilder some exposure. However, I still believe that the entire encounter was designed to result in minimal damage to Zelenoff.

One Comment

  1. Ramon Aranda

    May 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    This is pretty damn funny.

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