3 Boxers Who Troubled the Mighty Deontay Wilder

Published 09/29/2021, 9:46 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder celebrates after defeating Luis Ortiz in their title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wilder retained his title with a seventh-round knockout. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder might go down as the most lethal heavyweight puncher of the era, relying upon the fact that he has attained over 40 KOs in his career. Despite his late beginning as a boxer, Wilder has achieved success in a very short period.

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Despite his phenomenal success, the American star has been tested to the core quite a few times and has also been beaten. Although those moments came in as a shock to several fans, it is still undeniable that many of the modern-age fighters can trouble Wilder.

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The only man to have vanquished Deontay Wilder is Tyson Fury. However, two other men also offered a tough fight. Despite winning, Wilder came across his toughest challenges in those fights. Here are three fighters who could crack Wilder to a certain extent.

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Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder- Nightmare for the ‘Bronze Bomber’

‘The Gypsy King’ met Deontay Wilder for the first time in 2018 in a fight that ended up in a split draw. However, Tyson Fury had showcased his prowess against Wilder and had dominated him for a large part of the encounter.

Meanwhile, the rematch was clean and free from the judges’ involvement in deciding the outcome. Fury took out his opponent via a mere seventh-round via TKO after dominating the fight from the start.

Wilder got humiliated in the ring and lost his WBC title. It was clearly a one-sided fight that went in Fury’s favor. Meanwhile, Ortiz has already paved the road for Fury back in 2018.

‘King Kong’ came close, very close in 2018 at the Barclays Center

Luis Ortiz might have been the first person to reveal several loopholes in Wilder’s game, which Tyson Fury later exploited. Ortiz’s southpaw stance was problematic for Wilder to decode. Hence, he remained on the wrong end of a beat down. Nevertheless, he responded and didn’t get finished.

In round seven, ‘King Kong’ let go a flurry of shots and battered Wilder. However, the clock saved ‘The Bronze Bomber’ from losing his title. Several people had envisioned Ortiz winning the fight as round eight ended in the same way.

Wilder bounced back in the next two rounds, hammering his opponent with powerful shots. It proved beneficial as the referee stepped in and closed the fight. In their rematch in 2019, Luis Ortiz hurt Wilder again, but ‘The Bronze Bomber’ won.

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Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne 1- 2015

Following 32 KO wins in 32 fights, Wilder’s first title win was also his maiden and only win via decision so far. En route to a UD win, he poleaxed Stiverne through the clash and snatched away his WBC title. On the contrary, several people were shocked to see Stiverne go to the distance against Wilder.

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‘B-Ware’ planted some good shots on Wilder. Despite Stiverne’s early success, it was Wilder who came out as the better fighter. Nevertheless, Stiverne showcased that it was possible to stand and trade with Wilder till the end.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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