Deontay Wilder: Putting his trainers in the hospital?Written by Leroy Cleveland
We've heard stories about boxing stars putting their sparring partners in the hospital.
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Are they always true? Or are rumors generated to sell tickets and/or mess with the opponent's mind?
Deontay Wilder's team has a rather unique training camp story. Apparently, he's inflicting pain on trainers who hold the pads.
Head coach Jay Deas told BT Sport: "I had the body suit on, and he came and he caught me just under the bodysuit, and again, you know me, it hurt but who cares."
"I keep working and the next day I was like 'wow that really hurts!', and it got worse and worse so I went to the doctor and he said 'we're going to have to do hernia surgery!' And so, that just gives you an idea [of his power]."
"He separated coach Cuz's thumb and dislocated Mark Breland's shoulder; Deontay's the only fighter in the world that has three mitt men because someone is always on the injured reserve!"
I've heard of sparring partners getting hurt but never the guys holding the pads.
WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder is 40-0 with 39 knockouts and he has stopped every opponent he's faced inside the distance. And yes, the only fighter to hear the final bell against Wilder, Bermane Stiverne, was knocked out inside of a round in their rematch.
Retired 6'8" heavyweight Richard Towers, who has been used as a sparring partner for just about everyone, including Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko and Tyson Fury, recently told the Sun:
"I've sparred with every heavyweight you could think of, except Joseph Parker. And I know when it comes to power, Deontay Wilder is in a league of his own."
"Put it this way: He hits FOUR times harder than Vitali Klitschko, he hits FIVE times harder than Wladimir Klitschko, he hits SIX times harder than Anthony Joshua, and he hits EIGHT times harder than Tyson Fury."
Will Tyson Fury be able to handle Wilder's power?
When you're in with Deontay, you must be aware at all times and savvy and reflexive enough not to allow him to hit you cleanly.
The man has serious power.