Former WBC champion, Deontay Wilder, has had his say on whether he hits harder than heavyweight boxing legend and notorious power-puncher, Mike Tyson.
Wilder has amassed an incredible record of 42 knockouts in his 43 victories, knocking out every opponent that he has ever faced that isn’t named Tyson Fury.
The legendary power of Mike Tyson saw him score twenty-two first-round knockouts over the course of his career, the second-most of any fighter in history that has gone on to win a world title.
In an interview with ES News, Wilder confidently claimed that his punch power is superior and declared that the question is not even up for debate. However, he did admit that his beliefs were no slant on ‘Iron’ Mike, but rather the natural occurrence as fighters continue to evolve.
“It’s me! That is not even an argument no more, come on. It’s me, It’s me, it’s not arguable, and there is nothing wrong with that. Like I told Mike, as history unfolds, they say that it repeats itself, but it is supposed to be better than the past history.
There is nothing wrong with that, because I love all the old-school fighters that came forward, like I told Mike, that is how it is supposed to be.”
“The new generation is supposed to come up and pass the old generation, because if that doesn’t occur that means that we haven’t accomplished anything, we haven’t evolved into nothing. This world is all about timing and patience and good decision-making.
If you ain’t evolving, then you are behind, you get left behind, you are becoming part of the problem that we are trying to get rid of. I told Mike, you paved the way for me, like Muhammad Ali had paved the way for you and I will pave the way for those who are coming behind me.”
Wilder’s power is known by many as the greatest of any heavyweight in the modern era, but whether it surpasses that of Tyson’s, or even ‘Big’ George Foreman, will always be up for debate.