How does Deontay Wilder's knockout record compare with Mike Tyson and George Foreman

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Deontay Wilder has proven time and time again that his knockout power is something to behold. His overhand right has become a weapon known and feared by all in the heavyweight division.

His unconventional style, though, has previously ceased the regular respect and praise that he perhaps deserves. Now, after his series of stunning victories, the Bronze Bomber is really starting to receive the appreciation relative to his comprehensive victories.

His power in the current state of heavyweights seems to be unmatched, but what about in the history of the sport?

Well, there are two in particular whose knockout power can be compared competitively with that of the American.

Wilder currently has 41 KO’s to his name after just 43 bouts, bolstering an astonishing rate of 95%. A lot of this is owed to the unnatural power of his seismic right-hand shot.

This was seen in his last fight with Luis Ortiz, who looked to be bettering the American in every round until he was flattened in the seventh by the inevitable cannon of Wilder’s right glove.

This ‘one punch to win’ style was not something Mike Tyson or even George Foreman occupied in their respective careers, but are still the only two fighters who can hold a candlelight to Wilder’s current knockout record.

Tyson and Foreman were relentless from start to finish and would make their opponents suffer; Wilder will often lose round after round, safe in the knowledge that all he needs is one punch to end the contest… unless he’s facing Tyson Fury that is – the only man to recover from Wilder’s finisher in time for the count.

Tyson only had a KO ratio of 75% and was, like Wilder, renowned for his incredible power. Tyson’s KO record was hindered by his disappointing losses at the end of his career when he perhaps was lacking the same movement and power.

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It is, though, worth remembering that Tyson fought in 58 (two no contest) bouts in his lengthy spell in the division and may, therefore, naturally have a lower percentage than Wilder who has had 15 less meetings in the ring.

Of course, the main difference between the two is that Tyson sent the majority of his opponents to the canvas with combinations rather than one huge hit. Wilder’s technical boxing ability isn’t like that of Tyson’s, but his one-punch power certainly is.

Foreman’s power undoubtedly came with his sheer size. The Olympic gold medallist – again unlike Wilder – threw constant heavy and direct punches that, even when blocked, took its toll on his opponents.

In his legendary wins against the likes of Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, it was relentless pressure, rather than absolute power that propelled him into the Hall of Fame.

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Both of the previous opponents recovered from various knockdowns throughout their contest, proving that his power in a single shot was less deadly. Foreman’s ratio is also considerably worse than Wilder’s at 83%.

Again, it is worth noting that the stat comes after an incredible load of 81 contests in the sport: nearly double that of Wilder’s current tally.

There has never been a boxer like Wilder. His style has never been seen before. Nor, it would seem, has his incredible one-punch power.

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