Tyson Fury has insisted that he must now be regarded as the biggest puncher in modern boxing history, instead of Deontay Wilder.
The American former WBC heavyweight champion has KOd every single opponent he’s ever stepped into the ring with, except for Fury, and has a record of 42 wins, 41 KOs, one draw and one loss.
Wilder’s only ever 12-round victory was against Bermane Stiverne back in 2015.
When they rematched nearly three years later, Wilder sparked Stiverne inside round one.
Fury is the only fighter to have taken the ‘Bronze Bomber’s’ punches without being knocked out.
In their first fight, he was floored twice and appeared to have been KOd in the final round, but rose to his feet and was unlucky not to win on points.
In their rematch, Fury of course turned the tables on Wilder by knocking him down twice and stopping him in round seven.
As a result, during an BT Sport interview when asked about Wilder being ‘the most devastating puncher in modern boxing history’, Fury hit back: “Incorrect. I am.
“He was the biggest puncher in history and then I knocked him out, so that makes me the biggest puncher.
“I’m the biggest puncher, I’m the toughest puncher.”
Wilder is yet to respond to these claims from Fury.
However, he is standing by the various allegations he aimed in the ‘Gypsy King’s’ direction.
In October 2020, Wilder spoke out, accusing Tyson Fury of cheating in their rematch first by posting a video and statement on social media, and then following up with various interviews.
In the video, Wilder alleged the Brit tampered with his gloves to put his fist in an improper position.
He added that he believes Fury had a hard object concealed within his gloves to deal extra damage.
The American next claimed his water was spiked with muscle relaxers before the fight, potentially by his own co-trainer Mark Breland.
He also pushed further accusations of disloyalty at Breland – who threw in the towel to end the bout – and sacked him as a result.
Wilder has now told the PBC Podcast: “In boxing, it’s just like George Foreman told me – you’ve gotta be careful in boxing with who you talk to and who you surround yourself by.
“When the situation happened to me, I knew immediately that I had to get rid of a couple of snakes on my team.
“And I had to get in the people that really loved me the most.
“It’s a war going on and I needed some soldiers behind me that were gonna have my six every step of the way.
“I knew immediately what I was gonna do. I told bro [Malik Scott], ‘You are my new head trainer.’”
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