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> Deontay Wilder vs. Mike Tyson's first 26 Opponents.
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post Jan 18 2013, 09:04 PM
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Pretty Interesting question that I'd like to here some points on. I was chatting with a friend and he asked why Deontay Wilder's name can't generate the same kind of Buzz that Iron Mike generated when comparing the two's first 26 opponents. My answer was simply, well, one has a Gold medal and the other a Bronze. He came back saying well on a Professional level "one looks like Gold (Wilder) and the other Bronze (Tyson)" which is true (I guess), I mean both guys opposition were either over-matched or both these 2 guys skill level made it look so, Yet (on paper) Wilder has the better Win-K.O. ratio.

How can you compare this argument?
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post Jan 19 2013, 08:14 AM
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Wilder doesn't have that beast aura around him..and he is not trained by Cus or other legendary trainer. Those are for me two main reasons of why there is no ongoing conversation and comparison of those two. In the early years (before King took over) of Mike's career he was surrounded by very smart team and D'Amato's presence alone was partially what brought the media and all to Mike.

Also, Mike's style was very unique. Deontay is lacking that certain fighting charisma...there are many fighters who just KTFO everyone, but only a few have that something that makes you wanna see their every fight.

BTW - Wilder is a freak !!
And so is the guy he is fighting here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUlfI5VlZuY

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post Jan 19 2013, 06:31 PM
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mike was a little dude knocking out big dudes in very impressive fashion. add to that he had a very tight team with cus, jacobs and clayton. they marketed him and matched him appropriately. i'll also add that mike came at a time when ppl still paid attention to the heavyweights so it was a big deal. wilder on the other hand is flying under the radar. i've only seen one of his fights on tv since he turned pro. mike didn't make the olympics...but the way he became the huge star he was...u would have guessed he won a gold medal. he appeared to be an invincible beast. as for wilder...even with the olympic background, he doesn't look invincible to me. in fact, he looks very beatable. real boxing fans know something special when they see it. mike was special....wilder is ok.
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post Jan 19 2013, 08:13 PM
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^totally agree.

i would bet wilder could become special though. i don't know anything of his character, but he has the athleticism and physique to compete in the heavyweight division if trained right. he won't gather the attention tyson did by beating on bums though for the reasons already stated. no one knows his potential until he steps it up even a smidge though.
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post Jan 21 2013, 02:15 PM
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QUOTE (wolterb @ Jan 19 2013, 08:13 PM) *
^totally agree.

i would bet wilder could become special though. i don't know anything of his character, but he has the athleticism and physique to compete in the heavyweight division if trained right. he won't gather the attention tyson did by beating on bums though for the reasons already stated. no one knows his potential until he steps it up even a smidge though.


i know amateurs and newly turned pros that are much more skilled than the opposition wilder has been facing. that last guy he ko'd was extremely flawed. mike fought some no hopers that looked like part time boxers...but some of those guys had actual skill. we'll see.
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post Jan 21 2013, 07:52 PM
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^ lol yeah his opponents are doa so far and i think he looks sloppy in general but i can be hopeful

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