No heavyweight fighter has ever boasted the one-punch knockout power that Deontay Wilder has and he will be desperate to avenge his February loss to Tyson Fury in emphatic fashion when the two meet again, so ahead of the trilogy contest we have been taking a look back at some of the most violent knockouts ‘The Bronze Bomber’ has produced in his career.
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Deontay Wilder v Artur Szpilka (January 16, 2016)
Artur Szpilka put in a solid showing against Deontay Wilder and took him nine rounds in a competitive bout, but as we all knew going into the contest ‘The Bronze Bomber’ needed only one opening to land a fight-ended bomb. That came in the ninth round when he detonated a big right hand on the Polish fighter that sent him crashing to the canvas. As a precaution following the scary knockout, Szpilka had to be stretchered away from the ring.
Deontay Wilder v Bermane Stiverne 2 (November 4, 2017)
Bermane Stiverne became the first man to go 12 rounds with Deontay Wilder when he dropped the WBC heavyweight title to ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in January 2015, and it played a big factor in him getting a chance at redemption almost three years later when he the two men met once again. Wilder was in no mood to 36 minutes on this night, however. A huge right hand floored Stiverne with 51 seconds still to go in the very first round and although the challenger got back to his feet he was soon dropped for a second time. The referee allowed the contest to continue for a few more seconds, but once Wilder began to decimate Stiverne against the ropes the official finally showed mercy.
Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz (March 3, 2018)
Deontay Wilder’s first fight after that stunning demolition of Bermane Stiverne would be a meeting with Luis Ortiz, and this proved to be the champion’s toughest test to date. Ortiz was dropped in the fifth round, but he fought back and had Wilder reeling in the seventh round after connecting with a right hook-left hand combination. The champion survived the first big scare of his career though and in the 10th round he erased the need for the judges. Having survived a second knockdown of the contest, Ortiz soon found himself on his knees once again and this time he was unable to get back to his feet and carry on.
Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale (May 18, 2019)
This was arguably Deontay Wilder’s most personal outing to date. He and Dominic Breazeale had real issues with each other due to incidents in the past, and this bout allowed the pair to settle their beef once and for all. Wilder did just that in blockbuster fashion. He did get backed up by a stiff punch from Breazeale early on, but that would prove to be his only highlight of the brief contest as Wilder unleased a crunching right hand that seemingly knocked the challenger unconscious before he even hit the mat. In less than one round it was all over.
Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz 2 (November 23, 2019)
With a rematch with Tyson Fury drawing ever closer the question was who would Deontay Wilder face in his final fight of 2019? The answer was a familiar face – Luis Ortiz. The veteran Cuban had tested the champion when the two men met in 2018 and he once again posed a few problems for Wilder in this one. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was guilty of producing a lacklustre performance and was behind on the scorecards heading into the seventh, but none of that matter when he uncorked a trademark right hand that scrambled Ortiz’s senses and secured the victory.