Deontay Wilder Names Three Legends He Would Like to Fight Inside the Ring

Published 02/16/2021, 1:00 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 17: Deontay Wilder looks on during his official weigh-in against Dominic Breazeale at LIU Athletic Center on May 17, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


Ex-WBC champion Deontay Wilder might do down as one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time in the history books. Boasting off 42 wins (41 KO’s) alongside a draw and a loss, he is a dominant force in the division. But how would he perform against a fighter from a different generation?

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While fantasy fights have always been common in boxing talks, Deontay Wilder just picked three men whom he would like to fight from different eras. Surprisingly, he prioritized Alabaman boxers and justified his statement.

Coming from Alabama, Wilder became a boxing superstar for his hometown. So his fantasy opponents came up from the same place.

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Speaking with Fight Hype, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ said, “When I am asked you know that question, my mind always go back to Alabama. You know that the fighters that came before me and paved the way before me. Although most of them had to start their careers in other states. But they were born where I was from and wanted to go up against a guy that was from where I am from.”

He continued, “Like the likes of Joe Lewis, Evander Holyfield, which is one of my favorites and the likes of Ernie Shavers.”

Deontay Wilder and his three fantasy opponents

Joe Lewis fought from 1934 to 1951 in a career where he set a record of 66 wins and 3 losses His last fight turned out to be a loss against Rocky Marciano. He was one of the finest KO artists in the division, and a fight against Wilder would have truly been a treat for the fans.

Earnie Shavers had a long-lasting career from 1969 to 1995. He registered 74 wins in his career with 14 losses and one draw. There’s no denying that he is one of the greatest ever in the sport. But a fight against Wilder would have determined his capacity against the modern-day warriors.

Meanwhile, Evander Holyfield, the former world champion, set a record of 44-10-2 from 1984 to 2011. He is one of the all-time greats in the sport. ‘The Real Deal’ also became a household name later in his career. Holyfield could overpower Mike Tyson’s prowess back in the days. So, it raises the query of whether he could do the same with Deontay Wilder.

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Do you think Deontay Wilder could have beaten all the three names?

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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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