Deontay Wilder is one of the most powerful boxers in the world. However, in the past few years, he has become one of the most controversial boxers in the sport. The Bronze Bomber is going to face Robert Helenius on October 15th after a couple of disappointing results and losing his WBC heavyweight belt to Tyson Fury.
Wilder is not one of the best boxers we have seen but finds his way to win fights with pure power. Despite some criticism, the numbers suggest that Wilder is unparalleled in the heavyweight division. The former WBC world champion has 42 wins with 41 coming of knockouts. He has been very dominant in his pro boxing career except for two fights.
Wilder had a late start to his boxing career. The story of how he got started in boxing is a fascinating and inspiring one. He put on boxing gloves at the age of 20 and won the Olympic bronze medal in 2008. After he turned pro, Wilder remained unbeaten till 2020. He currently has 2 losses to Tyson Fury and let’s take a look at what happened during the fights.
Tyson Fury is the only boxer to beat Deontay Wilder
Wilder was facing Fury in a rematch bout after their first fight ended in a draw. The Bronze Bomber was the WBC champion then. However, this time someone between Fury and Wilder had to give up that unbeaten tag from their name. Unfortunately, it was Deontay Wilder. Tyson defeated him to become the WBC champion in the seventh round of the fight via TKO.
The knockout certainly took the unbeaten streak away from Wilder. But, this defeat in no way makes him a bad fighter. Even though Wilder is criticized for making bad choices in the ring. His stats might be able to debunk those criticisms.
Although he had the opportunity to avenge his first career loss against Tyson Fury immediately after, Deontay Wilder could not overcome the odds. Although he suffered his second consecutive career loss to The Gypsy King, Wilder certainly showed why he is still one of the most dangerous boxers in the sport.
In the second fight, Tyson schooled Wilder with his forward pressure and technical prowess. However, he was not able to replicate the same in the third fight. Wilder was stalking Fury and waited for the Brit to close the gap on him. Wilder landed two of his trademark right hands on Fury which sent him down crashing both times.
Despite being on the verge of losing the fight twice, Fury found a way to compose himself and knockout Deontay in the 11th round of the trilogy fight. To date, Tyson remains the only fighter to beat the Alabama native in his illustrious career.