Deontay Wilder's coach Jay Deas has recently revealed what the young American boxer was like when he stepped into his boxing gym all those years ago.
The Bronze Bomber is set to fight Tyson Fury in Los Angeles this weekend, but the Alabama-fighter has had his boxing coach there with him every step of the way.
“That first time I had Deontay sparring, he was sparring a heavyweight.
“He was a good, solid journeyman heavyweight who had been around the world and probably had 20 to 25 professional fights," Deas revealed.
“Deontay was all arms and legs, heart and punch. He didn’t have that much in the way of technique – there was not a lot of time to work on it.
“Deontay caught him with a right hand and knocked the heavyweight down.
“The heavyweight was on the ground and had a big smile on his face."
Despite having been shown-up by what seemed to be a rookie, the heavyweight fighter, who hasn't been named, was clearly impressed by the potential of Deontay Wilder.
“He gets up, smiles at me and says ‘whatever you do, keep him!’” Wilder's boxing coach shared.
Nowadays, the Bronze Bomber enter his encounter with Tyson Fury as an undefeated professional fighter, with a record of 40-0.
However, what makes this weekend's fight even more compelling is that Fury, or the Gypsy King, is also undefeated, despite his recent break from the sport.
Furthermore, Fury appears to be confident ahead of this weekend.
“In this fight, I’m the one bringing the light.
“Deontay is talking about his alter-egos, but I hope he brings all his demons to the ring and I will punish them.
“Evil cannot defeat the light. I have God on my side. Another reason I’m unbeatable,” the Gypsy King shared.
Nonetheless, the encounter between Wilder and Fury will certainly leave fans on the edge of their seat in what could be the fight of the year.