Keith Thurman Believes Deontay Wilder Is Following Canelo Alvarez’s Footsteps: “He’s Demanding More Out of Himself”

Published 06/23/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 03: Deontay Wilder is tended to in his corner against 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)


Deontay Wilder ranks among the most sublime hard hitters in the heavyweight roster. In his illustrious boxing career, Wilder battered every opponent he faced. However, a year ago, he succumbed to a disheartening loss to Tyson Fury, and now he’s in preparations to face the Brit in a trilogy.

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Citing Wilder’s stint in the game, Keith Thurman compared the Alabama native to the P4P king, Canelo Alvarez. Speaking to FightHype, he said, “I constantly bring up, Canelo, because Canelo was already a devastating puncher and a devastating fighter and a tough Mexican. He was already those things when he fought Floyd (Mayweather).”

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“You know, but post, Floyd, the way he evolved and the fighter he is today, he’s better because he demanded from himself, more. And I believe that’s the stage that Deontay‘s in right now, where he’s demanding more out of himself.” 

In February 2020, Wilder touched gloves with ‘The Gypsy King’ for the second time. Prior to facing the British boxer, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was regarded as the scariest heavyweight boxer. But Fury derailed his hype and smothered him to dethrone him.

Citing that, Thurman came up with his above comparisons between Canelo and Wilder. In 2013, Saul Alvarez battled the boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather, and the former capitulated to his first career loss. However, after that, he has been flawless and invincible.

Wilder, too, who seems to be on the same pathway, will look to crush all his naysayers with an exemplary performance on July 24.

Can Deontay Wilder truly revive his boxing career?

Over the past few months, in order to prepare for Tyson Fury, Wilder has put himself in some high-voltage training sessions.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Referee Kenny Bayless sends Deontay Wilder to his corner during the Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

This trilogy is undoubtedly a career-defining fight for Wilder. And for that, he doesn’t wish to leave any stones unturned in his preparations.

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That said, the ex-heavyweight champ is ready to roar in this trilogy. And it’ll be intriguing to see how he presents himself and subsequently molds his boxing career.

Do you agree with Keith Thurman’s comments on Wilder?

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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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