When Deontay Wilder hits you flush, you are probably going down, and you might not get up. In 43 fights, Wilder has stopped his opponents 41 times, and in the first fight against Tyson Fury, he had Fury on the canvas twice, including the 12th round, where many were shocked and amazed that Fury was able to get up. Ultimately, the fight would end in a draw.
Now, both guys have an opportunity to settle the score, in the rematch, on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Some believe that Wilder is one of the hardest hitting heavyweight of All-Time, but according to Fury, who tasted Wilder’s power, that is not the case.
“You know I’ve felt the power. Ain’t so bad. Ain’t so bad,” Fury said during a recent conference call. “He can’t be the biggest puncher in history because he couldn’t knock the Gypsy King out, could he? I took his best shot flush on the chin and I got back up. He punches hard, but I’ve never been hit by the likes of someone like Earnie Shavers. I didn’t get hit by George Foreman. I didn’t get hit by Rocky Marciano or any of those top guys. I didn’t get hit by them, so I can’t comment. So to say it’s the biggest punch in history, I’m not really sure because I didn’t get hit by all the guys in history.
“But, you know, I don’t think he punches harder than Wladimir Klitschko. Wladimir has a massive knockout punch and won a lot more fights than Wilder has. Make no mistake, all heavyweights punch hard and we can all knock anybody out. Wilder, I don’t think it’s so much his power. It’s the speed it lands at, which can be tricky when you don’t see it coming. But then again, even a guy who’s got no knockout ratio, if he hits you and you don’t see it coming, then he’s going to put you down. But as for feeling punches in fights, I’m not familiar with it because I don’t feel any punches when I’m in the ring because the adrenaline is flying high when you’re in a fight. You don’t feel the punches ever.”
Both Wilder and Klitschko have concussive power, but Wilder’s power is a little more electric. However, if anybody would know who hits harder, it would be Fury, who beat Klitschko back in 2015.
Can Fury stand up to Wilder’s power again? We will find out in the rematch.
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