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Wilder won a bronze in the 2008 Olympics at super heavyweight. He turned pro shortly afterward, and so far, it has been 30 up and 30 down for the Bronze Bomber, with nobody making it out of the fourth round.
Nobody can really argue at this point about whether or not Wilder can punch. He's blown out tough journeymen such as Kertson Manswell, Audley Harrison and Nicolai Firtha.
He stopped fellow unbeaten prospect Kelvin Price in three. His Round 1 KO of former champion Siarhei Liakhovich was scary to watch.
But at this point, Wilder is way overdue for a genuine step up in competition. Scott represents one in a sense, although his lack of knockout power means we probably won't get any questions answered about the durability of Wilder's chin.
What we will get to see is how Wilder does when confronted by a big man with world-class boxing skills. A Philadelphia native, Scott is among the best pure boxers in the heavyweight division.
Scott had a rough 2013. In February, he got robbed via split-decision draw against Vyacheslav Glazkov. John Postura, who scored the fight 98-92 for Scott, was the only one of the three judges who seemed to watch the same fight I did.
In July, Scott suffered his first career loss against Dereck Chisora by controversial stoppage with six seconds left in Round 6 in a fight he was winning. But a victory over Wilder Saturday night will erase both those blemishes and put him in line for a world title shot.