DEONTAY WILDER has declared himself to be “the hardest-hitting puncher in boxing history”. Looking at the stats and talking to insiders, maybe he is.
Of all the heavyweight champions, Wilder has the highest knockout percentage. He has 41 early wins in 43 fights (one draw) for a 95 per cent score. That puts the WBC heavyweight champion ahead of Rocky Marciano and Vitali Klitschko (87 per cent), George Foreman (85 per cent) and Mike Tyson (76 per cent). Granted, Wilder has something of an advantage over Foreman and Tyson because he’s yet to experience a late-career fade.
But all those punchers were very different fighters to Wilder.