Michael Coffie Gives Insight on Training With Deontay Wilder

Published 02/01/2021, 5:30 AM EST


Former WBC champion Deontay Wilder exhibited unparalleled dominance in the heavyweight division that saw him remain unbeaten for 12 years. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was regarded as one of the hardest-punchers of the sport and earned a reputation as a knockout artist.

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His in-ring ferocity is no different from his sparring as highlighted by one of his partners, Michael Coffie. The 34-year-old claimed to have benefited a lot by engaging in practice sessions with the Alabama native.

In an interaction with KoncreteJungle, the 12-0 pugilist revealed how Wilder helped him grow. Furthermore, he appeared confident about prolonging his undefeated run in the squared circle.

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“You spar with someone like Deontay Wilder, who’s known for dropping guys with one punch. There’s always going to be that pressure and somebody like him forces to have to do things like be aware where your hands are,” said Michael Coffie.

He added, “You know, head movement, gauging and getting the timing and engaging the distance and stuff like that. So, I take that and just bring it in the ring and make it work to my benefit.”

Michael Coffie knocked out Darmani Rock in his latest appearance on January 30 to climb the heavyweight ladder. Although he is still far from reaching the top-slot, the American heavyweight is looking sharp in this journey. Now, fans know that he has ‘The Bronze Bomber’ to thank.

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Following his maiden defeat against Tyson Fury in February 2020, Wilder hasn’t fought yet. He is rumored to return soon against Chris Martin to dust himself off. Should he win his next bout, he can re-enter the title ride. Meanwhile, heavyweight champions- Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are expected to lock horns.

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)
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That said, Wilder’s longtime absence has allowed other heavyweight pugilists like Joe Joyce and Oleksandr Usyk to advance to the title picture. Hence, the road ahead may be tough for him as he will have to beat out hungry newcomers and established elites to get a guaranteed crack at the gold.

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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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