Deontay Wilder Reveals His First Knockout Victim – You Won’t Believe When it Happened

Published 12/31/2020, 5:45 AM EST
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 18: Deontay Wilder visits “Extra” at Burbank Studios on November 18, 2019 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder is one of boxing’s hardest punchers right now. The former WBC heavyweight world champion won 41 of his 42 victories via knockout. What makes his power all-the-more impressive is the fact that Wilder is by no means the biggest heavyweight. Thus, many experts suggest that the power is a natural blessing for the ‘Bronze Bomber’. Wilder himself agrees with this assessment.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 01: Deontay Wilder punches Tyson Fury in the fifth round, fighting to a draw during the WBC Heavyweight Championship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
In a video with GQ Sports in 2019, Wilder spoke about his power and revealed his first knockout came when he was in kindergarten. Yes, you read that right, Deontay Wilder’s first knockout came when the former champion was still a child. However, we will never know who was on the receiving end of his first knockout.

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Wilder was answering the internet’s most searched questions about himself when he came across a question about his power. He said, “I’m definitely blessed with ‘a freak of nature’ power. You know, I’ve had it ever since I’ve known me. Ever since my first fight in kindergarten, I’ve been knocking people out.” Thus, he confirmed that he indeed was knocking out his opponents before his fifth birthday.

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Deontay Wilder says his own power scares him.

Wilder went on to add, “In all seriousness, sometimes, I think about the extent of my power and I don’t know the measurement of it. And then, sometimes it makes me scare that I have it because I know I can seriously hurt someone.” Possibly he himself, has no way to measure or explain his power.

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: Deontay Wilder exchanges punches with Luis Ortiz during their WBC Heavyweight Championship fight at Barclays Center on March 3, 2018 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

We have seen on multiple occasions that Wilder is capable of generating unnatural power from nothing. A good example of this was his re-match with Luis Ortiz. The Cuban dominated the whole fight but was knocked out with a powerful right hand. This was the best example of Wilder’s insane power.

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We now know that the former champion has been at it since he was in kindergarten. What do you think of Deontay Wilder’s power? Is he the most powerful fighter right now?

READ: Roy Jones Jr. Details How Deontay Wilder Can Improve by Watching Mike Tyson

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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