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American heavyweight James Wilson shows glimpses of Mike Tyson in training

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American boxing fans are hopeful they have discovered the next Mike Tyson, as former American footballer and kickboxer James Wilson continues his exciting rise in the boxing world.

The 32-year-old has done it all in his young life thus far, at the age of 15 and homeless, Wilson turned to fighting in the forms of Kenpo-karate, Muay-Thai and kickboxing, thus beginning his legacy as 'The Beast'.

A record of 15-2-1 as a professional kickboxer has left him in fine fettle as a successful fighter while eight straight wins with seven knockouts since switching to boxing show he is more than capable at adapting across sports.

Labelled the next Mike Tyson, his speed and power within the ring is scary, just take a look at his training videos:

You can certainly see the similarities in style between Wilson and Iron Mike. 

Wilson recently took another big step on his journey to the top, signing with Golden Boy Promotions.

Canelo Alvarez is boxing's current mega-star after his multi-million dollar deal with DAZN and is the face of GBP. As for Wilson, he joins a host of exciting young boxers, such as the undefeated Diego De La Hoya, the cousin of the legendary world champion -  Oscar De La Hoya.

Jared Shaw, son of experienced promoter Gary, spoke of his desire to have Wilson by his side, after discovering the powerhouse on Instagram.

“I saw James as a diamond in the rough,” said Shaw, per Boxingnews24.

“He has the combination and speed and power that you do not see in the heavyweight division. He has that “it” factor that I saw with Kimbo Slice. I was fortunate enough to have signed Kimbo off of the fights that were seen on Youtube.

"When Kimbo entered a room, you felt presence and energy. I see a lot of the same qualities in terms of James being that type of an attraction. Anybody who mistaken James for a football player or a Mixed Martial Artist will surely have their hands full in the boxing ring. This is a blue-chip athlete.”

Wilson has shown a lot of ambition and desire to succeed in the ring and if his training videos are anything to go by it won't be long before he starts making waves on the heavyweight scene.

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