Deontay Wilder is famous for his historic knockout power, having scored 41 knockouts in his 42 wins to date.
The former WBC heavyweight champion is considered one of the toughest punchers in boxing history, with very few others claiming to possibly surpass him.
Wilder’s record today stands at 42-2-1.
The two losses and a draw all stem from his trilogy with Tyson Fury.
Other than that, Wilder has beaten every other man he’s stepped into the ring with.
However, there was one night when he received a win after hearing the final bell.
Coincidentally, this happened in his first world title fight – against Bermane Stiverne in 2015.
When Vitali Klitschko retired, the WBC heavyweight belt became vacant.
Stiverne beat Chris Arreola to claim the crown but then had to defend against Wilder.
The American was at that time 32-0 with 32 knockouts and considered one of the most dangerous prospects in the division.
To his credit though, Stiverne held on for all 12 rounds.
Wilder showed a whole new dimension to his game as he climbed to world title level and won on points.
He had never gone past four rounds until this fight, but adapted well to the long distance.
Wilder dominated with his jab as he used his upper reach, and also showed an impressive variety of shots with hooks and uppercuts also used to keep Stiverne at bay.
He came the closest to doing some serious damage at the end of round two as he lunged at Stiverne falling on top of him, knocking them both to the canvas as the bell rang.
The champion appeared hurt by the challenger, but no knockdown was given.
Stiverne had moments in the fight as he troubled Wilder with counter hooks, but the American was firmly in charge and hurt him again in the seventh round.
Impressive, Stiverne went the distance but there was no doubt about the winner.
The scorecards were read as unanimous in favor of Wilder (120-107, 119-108, 118-109), crowning him the new WBC heavyweight champion of the world.
Immediately afterwards, Wilder looked at some of his detractors in the press row and shouted, “Who can’t box? Who doesn’t know how to box?
Wilder then said in his interview: “I think I answered a lot of questions tonight. We knew we could do 12 rounds. We knew we could take a punch. All the work was done in camp. I had fun.”
Bizarrely, two and a half years later, the WBC ordered Stiverne to become Wilder’s mandatory challenger and a rematch took place in November 2017.
This time, Wilder obliterated Stiverne and made a statement by isolating him three times to win by knockout in the first round.
As a result, Wilder knocked out every man he fought except of course Fury.
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