Deontay Wilder cannot claim to be undefeated anymore after being stopped by Tyson Fury in Las Vegas. He is determined to have a third fight and regain his WBC title. Let's take a look at his five best wins in his career so far.
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Deontay Wilder has lost just once in his whole career. Many will continue argue that he lost to Tyson Fury twice altogether, their first fight in December 2018 ended in a draw. But Fury finished the job in the second fight.
Since his first fight – a TKO win over Ethan Cox – Wilder has been knocking guys out for fun. Here, we take a look at some of those knockouts and the fights that has propelled him to the top of the fight game.
5. Deontay Wilder vs Kelvin Price – December 15, 2012
This was Wilder’s 26th professional bout and the first time he held a heavyweight title. He won the vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title with a third round stoppage of Kelvin Price.
Price also came into this bout undefeated, but Wilder had a game plan and he worked it to perfection. He knew Price would come out looking for the knockout, so he patiently controlled the first two rounds before laying his trap.
In the third round, Wilder unleased a right hand on Price’s jaw which saw him hit the ropes and then down to the canvas. He tried in vain to get to his feet and continue, but referee Ray Corona used common sense and waved the fight off.
This fight got a lot of people taking notice of Wilder.
4. Deontay Wilder vs Audley Harrison – April 27, 2013
The one and only time that Wilder has fought in England, it was against a man that not even the British boxing fans cared about. He came to Sheffield to take on former Olympic Gold medal winner Audley Harrison.
Harrison turned professional after winning Gold in Sydney, but he never earned the respect of most boxing fans. He failed to live up to the potential he was telling everyone he had. The last straw for the fans was when he challenged David Haye for the WBA heavyweight title, he was dispatched in three rounds and never laid a glove on Haye.
Wilder made light work of Harrison, he needed just 70 seconds to get Harrison out of there.This was Wilder’s 28th consecutive knockout and he ended Harrison’s career. So the British fans do have something to thank Wilder for.
3. Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne – January 17, 2015
Wilder was handed the chance to become the WBC heavyweight champion in his 33rd professional fight and he took full advantage of the opportunity.
Up until this day, the win over Canadian Stiverne was Wilder’s only victory that he didn’t claim by knockout or technical knockout. He won an unanimous points decision 119-108, 118-109, 120-107 to become the first American to win a version of the heavyweight title since Shannon Briggs won the WBO title in 2006 with a TKO win over Siarhei Liakhovich.
He completely outclassed Stiverne and proved he could fight for the whole 12 rounds if needed. He doesn’t always need to go for the knockout blow.
2. Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz I – March 3, 2018
Wilder celebrated his 40th professional win by earning a technical knockout victory over one of his toughest ever opponents in Luis Ortiz.
This fight at the Barclays Center in New York saw Wilder fully tested by his Cuban opponent. Both fighters were looking for the knockout punch whenever they could. Wilder downed Ortiz in the fifth with a powerful right and many thought that was it for Ortiz. He got backed to his fight and rocked Wilder in the seventh as this was turning into an epic contest.
Ortiz couldn’t find that killer knockout blow to get Wilder on the canvas, while Wilder always knew he had the power to stop this one. He did so in the 10th. First he sent Ortiz to his knees with a heavy right, before putting him down again with a sweet uppercut to send Oritz down for a third time to end the fight.
1. Deontay Wilder vs Luis Ortiz II – November 23, 2019
Out of all of Wilder’s 42 professional victories, this was probably the most impressive.
Wilder handed Ortiz a rematch and they squared off at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 23, 2019.
If everyone thought that Wilder had lost his fight with Fury, they were convinced he was on the verge of losing to Ortiz. That was until Wilder found a knockout punch from somewhere that showed the rest of the world that you can never rest on your laurels against a man who can punch as hard as Wilder.
Ortiz was looking good in the rematch, he had hardly been troubled by Wilder at all. That was until the seventh round when Wilder landed a vicious right hand that saw Ortiz crumple in a heap on the canvas. He was unable to beat the 10 count and Wilder once again proved he can knock you out in the blink of an eye.
Wilder does not have to be at his best to beat you, you just have to be able to block his big punches.