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Wilder Has Highest Knockout Percentage In Heavyweight History… But Is He A More Brutal Puncher Than Mike Tyson And Co?

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The Bronze Bomber further cemented his legacy by making his 10th consecutive title defence, equalling Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis.

But the Alabama hitter tops the list in KO ratio by 10 per cent.

Legendary undefeated heavyweight Rocky Marciano is second with 89 per cent just ahead of former unified champion Klitschko who retired with 84 per cent.

Fearsome puncher George Foreman had an 84 per cent ratio with Iron Mike Tyson fifth with 76 per cent.

Wilder has only failed to KO one of his opponents, Tyson Fury, who also marks the one blemish on the WBC king’s 42-0-1 record.

And Fury’s trainer Ben Davison does not argue with the stats and facts admitting Wilder is one of the greatest punchers in the sport’s history.

Davison said: “He’s the biggest puncher not just in heavyweight history, but in boxing history.”

Bermane Stiverne became the first man to stay on his feet against Wilder, as the Tuscaloosian’s run of 32 straight KO’s came to an end the night he became WBC champion on points.

But Stiverne was laid flat out in the first round of their rematch, and the Bronze Bomber’s round nine and 12 knockdowns of Fury means he has floored every opponent he’s faced.

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This kind of form leaves the 34-year-old in no doubt he is the hardest hitter to ever lace up the boxing gloves.

Wilder said: “I think I earned my respect to say I’m the hardest-hitting puncher in boxing history. Period.

“I do what I do time and time again. I give people great fights and great knockouts.

“You’ve got to give me my credit. It’s sad that it took me over 40 fights to get the recognition that I truly deserve.

“When people see me, they have never seen my style. It took them a while to get used to what I display, my talent that I present to boxing.

“It’s different to any other fighter. It’s not textbook. You can’t really teach it and that’s what makes me unique from the rest of these fighters.”

 

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