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LETHAL WEAPON

Matt Bozeat explores the science behind Deontay Wilder’s astonishing power, which might make him the hardest hitter in boxing history
STORM COMING: Wilder makes his way to the ring Photo: SARAH STIER/ USA TODAY SPORTS

DEONTAY WILDER has declared himself to be “the hardesthitting puncher in boxing history.”

Looking at the stats and talking to insiders, maybe he is.

Of all the heavyweight champions, Wilder has the highest knockout percentage.

He has 41 early wins in 43 fights (one draw) for a 95 per cent score.

That puts the WBC heavyweight champion ahead of Rocky Marciano and Vitali Klitschko (87 per cent), George Foreman (85 per cent) and Mike Tyson (76 per cent). Granted, Wilder has something of an advantage over Foreman and Tyson because he’s yet to experience a latecareer fade.

Even so, all those punchers were very different fighters to Wilder.

Colin Hart, the veteran Sun reporter at ringside for almost every major heavyweight title fight since Henry Cooper challenged Muhammad Ali at Wembley Stadium in 1966, regards Wilder as “a one off.”

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