Boxers discuss what it's like to be punched by Deontay Wilder


There's nothing scarier in heavyweight boxing right now than Deontay Wilder's punching power.

Although he may not be the most gifted boxer technically, the Bronze Bomber has proven time and time again that he's got an equaliser for that.

Even he will admit that he's not the best boxer in terms of technique and style, but he damn well knows that he's got a punch that can win him any fight.

His most recent fight against Luis Ortiz is a prime example.

Wilder was losing nearly every round against the Cuban, but like he's said over and over, he only needs one second to win a fight.

BAM. One clean punch landed on Ortiz and he's out like a light and tasting the canvas. Wilder wins despite being schooled for the majority of the fight.

The same can be said regarding his fight with Tyson Fury at the back end of 2018. He was second best for most of it, but he dropped the Gypsy King on two occasions, with the one in the final round looking certain to end Fury's unbeaten streak.

Of course, the Brit somehow rose up and saw out the fight, with a draw being the conclusion, but it once again highlighted just how powerful Wilder truly is.

And if the videos themselves aren't conclusive enough for you, professional boxers have now discussed what it's really like to take a punch from Wilder.

Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz

talkSPORT compiled a list of quotes from pro boxers after they had sparred with Wilder or faced him in the ring, and below are some of the best.

Let's start with Fury first, the man who managed to rise from one of Wilder's brutal shots back in December last year.

"Deontay Wilder is the most fiercest puncher in boxing history, in heavyweight division history.

“And I saw that and I felt it. No wonder AJ didn’t want no part of that right hand!

"As easy as I got up [in the 12th], I may never have got up. That was the type of punch that sometimes people won’t wake up from."

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

Up next, David Haye, who has sparred with Wilder in the past.

He said: “He’s got a very, very, very, hard right hand and it’s an equaliser.

"His punch power is 10 out of 10, that’s it. I don’t know how else to say it. You know when you’ve been hit by him. It’s very different to anyone else.

“He is the hardest puncher I’ve ever been in the ring with.”

Another man who has sparred with Wilder is Audley Harrison, and he said: “He almost had my eye out in sparring one day – he caught me with this shot and it nearly detached my retina and suddenly I had to stop training for eight or nine days.

Deontay Wilder v Bermane Stiverne

“He can knock you out with the jab and with the right hand.”

Eric Molina has also commented on Wilder's punching power, and he's claimed he'd be able to knock out a bull!

“Wilder could knock out a bull if he hit it in the head. It’s just a matter of ‘when’ in that fight.

“If he touches anybody with that right hand, on any part of the head, they’re going to dance or go down and go to sleep. It is what it is.

“I’ve been in there with the man who I think is the biggest puncher in boxing history in Deontay Wilder. Once you’ve faced those guys, everybody else is… come on.”

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Malik Scott has been quoted saying: “When we fought he caught me on the temple with a left hook and then a right down the middle. People say they weren’t clean hits but he has that power to put you on the ground," whilst Johann Duhaupas said: “There’s no question he is the hardest puncher in the division."

Gerald Washington is another to comment, and he said: “He didn’t catch me like he caught (Bermane) Stiverne and some other guys where it was scary. I’m grateful I didn’t get caught like that.

“When he throws with all his might, when he lets them go, he’s special.”

So there you go. If you weren't already convinced of Deontay Wilder's power, you surely are now!

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