British boxing legend Lennox Lewis said in 2018 that he ‘doesn’t see’ how Deontay Wilder would have beaten Mike Tyson, despite the Bronze Bomber’s prediction he would have knocked out the youngest world champion in heavyweight history.
Wilder had knocked out over 40 opponents before coming unstuck against Tyson Fury in February.
But one thing the American’s never suffered with his confidence.
Back in 2018, he was quite happy to admit that he believes he would have knocked out legendary fighter Tyson.
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But Lewis, who beat Tyson back in 2002, was having none of it.
“I just heard @BronzeBomber said he would destroy a young @MikeTyson,” he said on Twitter two years ago.
“My thoughts are that it’s easy to talk until you actually get in the ring.
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“I like Wilder but he’s never been in there with someone that ferocious who truly wants to break his ribs with every punch. I don’t see it!
“I love @BronzeBomber’s confidence. You need that to sit at the top of the heavyweight division.
“He’s hungry and shows up in probably the best shape in the division.
“There are levels to it and he’s still adding to his arsenal.”
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Tyson’s ex-trainer Jeff Fenech said last week that he believed if the 53-year-old had a full training camp now, he’d knock Wilder out in a minute.
“Boxing’s not the same now. I’d guarantee that if Mike Tyson trained for six weeks, he’d knock Wilder out in a minute,” he said.
“He would hit them. If these guys are getting knocked out by Tyson Fury — who’s a great fighter, but not a huge puncher — Tyson would kill these guys.
“They’re not on the same level today. Mike today, I reckon if he trained he could still beat these guys.”
Wilder and Fury were scheduled to fight for a third time in July but it was pushed back to October because of the coronavirus.
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