Deontay Wilder to retire? The Bronze Bomber will be remembered as one of boxing’s most destructive knockout machines

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Deontay Wilder appears to be closing in on retirement after suffering a heavy defeat to Zhilei Zhang in Saudi Arabia; if this is it, he will be remembered as one of the most devastating knockout merchants in the history of heavyweight boxing.

Deontay Wilder was the face of heavyweight boxing. Even if he wasn’t. Even if he never really was.

So often the heavyweight mantra is one-punch destruction, the tantalising teetering on the edge of sudden conclusion, the collision of the world’s biggest humans with the biggest fists, standing toe-to-toe and trading merciless leather.

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At his dangerous best Wilder established himself as one of the fiercest knockout merchants in heavyweight history, with a dynamite right hand capable of detonation from anywhere at any moment. That he lacked the finesse and polished skillset of his rivals only accentuated the phenom-feel to his threat. That his style was not as pretty or as refined as his rivals only fuelled the excitement of what became a unique protagonist to the heavyweight landscape.

Oleksandr Usyk ascended to undisputed immortality on sleight of hand mastery and an ever-shifting bob-and-weave equilibrium few have ever really been able to decipher. Tyson Fury made his name on size-defiant trickery with slick feints and tormenting footwork coupled with a traditional heavyweight venom. Anthony Joshua would become a two-time world champion as one of the most potent combination punchers of the modern pool of heavyweights.

Wilder was different. His arsenal was more limited, and yet enough to make him one of the planet’s most feared propositions. Rarely has boxing witnessed punch power of such ferocity, the kind that would uphold the traditional definition of the heavyweight division: one clean shot and it’s night night.


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