Mike Tyson's response to Deontay Wilder saying he'd KO him in his prime

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Deontay Wilder may have lost his last two fights, but there's no denying that he is one of the all-time greats in heavyweight boxing.

The Bronze Bomber has won 42 out of his 45 professional bouts and defended the WBC heavyweight title 10 times from 2015-2020.

Wilder is well known for his immense punching power, with all but one of his wins coming via knockout.

Like most fighters, the 35-year-old is outspoken and once claimed that he would have beaten Mike Tyson in his prime.

Iron Mike had a pretty classy response to those claims, saying: "I don't know [whether I'd beat him]. I love the fact that he thinks that, because that's the way I would say as well. He's supposed to think that way, he is the heavyweight champion of the world and that's something very special."

Lennox Lewis, who defeated Tyson in 2002, said that he couldn't see Wilder getting the better of the Baddest Man on the Planet, though.

"I just heard Deontay Wilder said he would destroy a young Mike Tyson," said The Lion.

"My thoughts are that it's easy to talk until you actually get in the ring. I like Wilder but he's never been in there with someone that ferocious who truly wants to break his ribs with every punch. I don't see it.

"I love Wilder's confidence... you need that to sit atop the heavyweight division... he's hungry and shows up in probably best shape in division... but there's levels to it... and he's still adding to his arsenal.

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"My best advice to the entire crop of young heavyweight champs is to focus on being the best of YOUR era! Out of respect and reality. It's unprovable. Of course people asked, but I found no need to speculate or compare myself to my idol Ali or any other of the past greats."

Wilder is a modern-day and an all-time great, but even with his power, defeating Tyson in his prime would be a herculean task given the latter's strength, mentality and ferocity.

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