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Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has made a name for himself in the boxing community with his uncanny power over the past decade. In his 40 professional fights in 201
From Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Wilder first began boxing to support his daughter Naieya, who has spina bifida, an extremely expensive birth defect affecting the spine. Despite these circumstances, Wilder's financial success has led to a better life for Naieya. Speaking to BT Sport, he said, "It was a long way from what the doctors said they might never do. How to walk or have a natural childish learning ability. He added, "She just turned 13. I'm just very proud of her. "
In 2005, he went to his local gym hoping to find a coach who could quickly turn his natural athleticism into a career that would help him support his daughter. The gym he entered was Sky Boxing Gym, and the coach he contacted was Jay Deas, the owner of the gym. Since that meeting over a decade ago, this couple has broken down the heavyweight sector. He currently holds the WBC title belt while Anthony Joshua holds the WBO, IBF and WBA belts.
On December 1, Wilder faces the unbeaten Tyson Fury, the fifth-placed heavyweight in the world. Deas believes that Wilder's power will prevail again, which he can easily say because he has absorbed Wilder's blows for years.
M & F: How exactly does it feel to be beaten by a heavyweight champion, especially Wilder?
Deas: It's not pleasant – it's just pleasant has tremendous power. They said being hit by George Foreman was like driving a Mack truck at a speed of 35 miles an hour. As if you could feel every pain and everything. And that Mike Tyson met him was like a bullet. You do not really feel it, your body just does not work anymore. Deontay is a bit of a combination of the two. Probably more on the speed side, more on the side of Mike Tyson, since he generates a lot of power, as you know, because of his speed. It's like a shock to the system type of a thing.
In the past, Wilder sent you and other people in the camp to hospital for various training incidents. Were there any adjustment phases in training with Wilder compared to others?
I had an elbow injury when I played college baseball, and I had to adjust the way I took the punches. I had to raise my elbows a bit to bring more power to my shoulders. I had to change somehow, where the effects influenced me.
Have you felt a difference in power since you trained him?
I think he has become more precise and more precise, and is really guided by the blows he is throwing off. I think the power has increased. It's not like he's just trying to hit the side of the barn. He tries to hit the fly by the door at the side of the barn.
How does Wilder's training program outside the ring contribute to his success?
So we work hand in hand with the Force Team. But they do a lot of pushing movements, twisting movements, footwork and agility. There are not many pulling movements because that can slow you down.
What do you think makes Wilder different from other punchers?
So if you are just a puncher, you will not get there. There must be other tools in the toolbox. And his will to win is truly second to none. He is ready to dig deeper than anyone else. And no matter how deep they go, he can go deeper.
Do you have a personal favorite Wild KO?
The Ortiz fight. Everyone knew that Ortiz was one of the three or four best fighters in the world. And then, if Deontay had hit him like him and overcome adversity, that was probably the cutest.