Throughout the last few years, Deontay Wilder has risen the ranks as one of the top heavyweight fighters in all of boxing. With that type of success comes tremendous confidence in his own ability in the ring against any opponent. Wilder has put together an impressive career, which has engrained among the elite fighters in the ring. That also led to him making the bold statement that he could beat Mike Tyson in a bout with both of them in their prime. It was only a matter of time before Tyson responded to that declaration from Wilder.
Deontay Wilder’s strong stance
Wilder isn’t one to lack any confidence in his ability in the ring by any means. It has been fueled further by his dominance up to this point, holding a 42-0-1 record with 39 knockouts.
The 34-year-old currently holds the highest knockout in professional boxing history that has made him one of the most dangerous fighters. That level of confidence led him to declare last month that he would beat Tyson in his prime if the two had the chance to face off. (H/T Total Pro Sports)
“Me vs. Tyson in ’86, I’d kick the hell outta that guy. Listen, I’ve got to keep it real. I know people always go back to the old school or look at the new school and there’s no school where I’m not No. 1 on earth,”
Tyson built the reputation as being one of the explosive and powerful fighters during his heyday and making that type of statement backs the belief that Wilder’s bravado.
Mike Tyson’s response to Deontay Wilder
During the prime of his career, Tyson was arguably the most-feared boxer, earning the nickname “The Baddest Man on the Planet.”
His confidence hasn’t waned well into retirement as he has stayed around the sport in some capacity. It was only a matter of time before Wilder’s comments made their way around to him as he took the classy approach with his response. (Boxing Scene)
I don’t know (whether I’d beat him). I love the fact that he thinks that, because that’s the way I would think as well. He’s supposed to think that way, he is the heavyweight champion of the world and that’s something very special.”
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Tyson elected to go that route with his comments. That has come with being a sign of respect as he knows the mental approach a top-notch fighter must have in their abilities in the ring.
Tyson was just that way during his career as it’s that approach any fighter must take to any match. Although he’s not leaning in any direction with his response, it does show he has a clear understanding of why Wilder made that strong stance about that hypothetical bout.
Who would win between Deontay Wilder and Mike Tyson?
It may be a hypothetical match, but it would have been one extremely entertaining meeting between two boxers in the primes of their careers.
Tyson was on the come up of his career as he earned his first title fight in 1986. He was knocking opponents left and right with precision speed and power. Tyson had reached his peak form yet, but he was undoubtedly one of the most thrilling fighters of his time.
Meanwhile, Wilder has garnered a tremendous amount of respect over the last couple of years. His right hand has been argued as being the hardest punch that there has ever been in boxing. That would certainly make things interest along with other factors such as Wilder having a tremendous reach and height advantage over Tyson standing at 6-foot-7 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan.
All of that would have made for an incredible match that makes it hard to choose a winner, but it’s one that we will never get to see.