Deontay Wilder: The secrets behind the heavyweight champ's punch power

Deontay Wilder's training routine is very interesting

Whether you love him or hate him, there is no denying that Deontay Wilder possesses one of the greatest punches in boxing history.

The American's right hand should be registered as a lethal weapon, one that has seen him collect 40 victories by knockout from his 42 professional fights.

Tyson Fury and Bermane Stiverne (the first fight) are the only two men to make it through all 12 rounds with Wilder.

So how has the WBC champion become the most feared one punch machine since the legendary Mike Tyson?

Does he religiously lift weights? Is he constantly on the heavy bag perfecting his technique? Well, not exactly.

Instead, Wilder's secret training routine is mostly made up of eating delicious-sounding food and sparring.

Wilder's diet

“So I get up at 8 o’clock in the morning,” Wilder told AL.com. “I eat me a good breakfast from pancakes, to Polish sausage, to patty sausage and some good eggs.

“One morning I will eat egg McMuffins and it will rotate throughout breakfast time with that.

“I come back again at 11.30am, eat a nice Alfredo chicken pasta with corn on the cob, maybe have some nice garlic bread toasted alongside that with a protein shake. I will also have a protein shake in the morning with the breakfast.

“2pm will be a sandwich, you know, maybe ham and cheese, maybe tuna, with two boiled eggs.

“The 5 o’clock [meal] will consist of a Salisbury steak, with mashed potatoes and green beans and I eat a lot of red potatoes; I eat a lot of yams.

Wilder during his media workout

“And then at 7.30pm, I have a nice T-Bone steak, some more red potatoes, we might have some squash in there and some green beans.

“Each day is different, with different meals that come with it. But that mostly sums it up.

“They just feed me the food, I just eat it! My stomach sometimes can be so fat that I have to rub it for hours. I’m not a big eater!”

Sounds pretty darn good if you ask us!

Wilder's training

And guess what? Wilder doesn't have to spend hours in the weights room to look slim and athletic, it just comes naturally to him.

“I put my power up with anybody, period,” Wilder said. “And it’s natural; I don’t have to lift a weight, period.

Wilder says he doesn't have to lift weights

“I don’t have to go to a weight room, I don’t have to go to a gym period and my athleticism, my body frame, my build will be what it is.

“Ask the people that’s around me. It’s in living colour.”

Wilder also revealed that despite being champion, he really only partakes in sparring when in the gym in preparation for a fight.

“You all have seen it; I’ll come in here and just hit the mitts and spar," the Bronze Bomber said to Tha Boxing Voice. "That’s it; no running, no conditioning and stuff, no heavy bag, no speed bag, no jump rope, no nothing!

“But that’s all I’ve ever done - hitting mitts and sparring.”

Dealing with his power as a trainer

Just before Wilder destroyed Dominic Breazeale in the summer with a stunning one-punch knockout, his trainer Jay Deas revealed what it takes to cope with such a powerful fighter in the gym.

Wilder finishes Breazeale

“I’ve got three mitt men,” Deas told The Guardian. “He needs three mitt men. One is never going to last very long.”

“To a huge degree you’re born with [power],” he added. “You can improve power about 10 per cent through conditioning and technique, so you can take a guy who’s a nothing puncher and make him at least respectable, and you can take a guy who’s a pretty good thumper, and make him a 10 per cent better thumper.

“But the best I’ve ever seen anybody improve is about 10 per cent.”

Every boxer's routine differs and Wilder's is further evidence that some people are just physically built to be in the ring.

You simply cannot teach power!

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