Deontay Wilder criticizes Mike Tyson’s performance record: He lost all the big fights.
Continuous comparisons to the legendary Mike Tyson have led Deontay Wilder, the American heavyweight boxer known as the “Bronze Bomber,” to point out the shortcomings in his predecessor’s career.
With 43 wins out of 46 fights, including 42 knockouts, Deontay Wilder is considered the epitome of modern-day boxing power. However, these achievements have often led to comparisons with the iconic Mike Tyson in the past. The actions of fans in making these comparisons have fueled Wilder’s pride, prompting him to compare his own accomplishments with those of his predecessor.
“Sometimes you guys don’t understand the history of boxing. We love Mike Tyson, of course, but look at the history and the truth. How many Hall of Fame fighters did Mike Tyson face?” Wilder posed this question to reporters during a recent press conference.
According to the American boxer, Mike “Iron” Tyson only truly faced two legends, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, both of whom handed him devastating defeats.
Wilder believes that Tyson’s fights with boxing legends did not yield favorable results. Comparing fighters from different eras is a common occurrence in combat sports, especially with renowned names like Mike Tyson and Deontay Wilder.
When asked about his successor, Mike Tyson does not hold a hostile attitude and believes that anyone in Wilder’s position would have such confidence.
“I like the fact that he thinks he can beat me, I think the same thing. He’s the heavyweight champion and he needs to have that mindset.”
Deontay Wilder recently made his return to the boxing ring in October, securing his 42nd career knockout against Robert Helenius. This victory sets him up for a showdown with Andy Ruiz Jr. to determine the challenger for the WBC heavyweight championship in the coming year.
Deontay Wilder still maintains his ambition to win the WBC title.
With an impressive comeback victory after a year away from the ring, Deontay Wilder reaffirms his dedication to his boxing legacy. Knocking out the “Northern Nightmare” in just one round is a testament to the unwavering determination of the “American Bomber,” despite questions about his future in professional boxing following two consecutive defeats against Tyson Fury.
Wilder’s win also restores the confidence of promoters and the leadership of the WBC, the most prestigious professional boxing organization in the world. He further asserts that he intends to dedicate at least three more years to the gloves that have become his trademark.
“I want to fight until I’m 40 years old. I believe I still have time to contribute to the greatness of my career. That’s something I will definitely do.”
However, in order to reclaim the championship title he held for four years (2015-2019), Wilder still needs to overcome another challenge—Andy Ruiz, the “big baby.”
Similar to Wilder, Andy Ruiz also secured an impressive victory in a 12-round fight against Cuban veteran Luis Ortiz. Immediately after Wilder’s match, the WBC revealed plans for him to face Andy Ruiz, and the winner would earn the opportunity to contend for the next WBC heavyweight championship title.
Currently, the WBC heavyweight championship title is held by “The Gypsy King” Tyson Fury. However, the future of this title remains uncertain due to Fury’s frequent decision changes. Yet for boxing fans, this seems inconsequential, as before a new owner is found for the belt, they will have the chance to witness the showdown between Wilder and Ruiz—the two top contenders in the heavyweight division today, possessing exceptional knockout power.