Evander Holyfield Compares NFL Star Brandon Marshall with Deontay Wilder

Published 01/13/2021, 12:50 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 23: WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder looks on as he waits for the start of his title fight against Luis Ortiz 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)


Over many decades, boxing has seen countless hard hitters who could knock their opponents out cold with just one hit. From Mike Tyson to George Foreman and Sonny Liston to Deontay Wilder, the list for power hitters of the sport goes on.

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Recently, one of the greatest boxers and former heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, drew comparisons between ex-NFL star Brandon Marshall with the ‘Bronze Bomber’.

Talking to TMZ Sports Holyfield said, “(Brandon) pretty much got the same reach as the heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder,”

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Marshall is a 6x pro bowler who last played with New Orleans Saints in 2018. He took up boxing last year and recently visited Holyfield’s gym in Florida to train with one of the best in the sport.

Holyfield continued, “He got that reach just like that, but he got trunks. He got them big arms. You know he hit somebody with one of them, you know what, he ain’t got to hit ’em right. Maybe if he miss, they still may fall.”

‘The Real Deal’ had words of wisdom for the  NFL big-wig. He shared high regards for Marshall’s unprecedented power, which he believes is better than many other boxers in the current game.

Since he took up boxing, Brandon Marshall called out some staunch heavyweights like Anthony Joshua, Luis Ortiz, and even Deontay Wilder.

Is Deontay Wilder the hardest hitting modern-heavyweight?

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ has the most bizarre strength in the big men’s division. Wilder has 42 wins in his professional career, out of which a whopping 41 have arrived via T/KO. He exhibits an astonishing knockout ratio of 93.18%. His colossal frame coupled with wild punches makes him a top-graded heavyweight of this era.

No one in the current heavyweight roster can match his unparallel strength.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 18: Deontay Wilder looks at the crowd and celebrates after knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round during their bout for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight championship at Barclays Center on May 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)

Wilder possesses the audacity to crucify every opponent he faces, and he has fairly done that in the past as well. With his captivating prowess and power, he separates himself from the rest of the division.

Needless to say, he has ranked himself among those elite heavyweights who get the job done predominantly before 12-rounds.

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What has been your favorite T/KO of Deontay Wilder’s illustrious career?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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