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Haye: I Believe Wilder is Hardest Punching Heavyweight Ever

Former two division world champion David Haye has given high praise to his former sparring partner, Deontay Wilder.

Wilder, who holds the WBC heavyweight title, will defend his belt in a rematch with Tyson Fury on February 22 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. They fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in December 2018.

Wilder has knocked out every boxer that he ever faced in the ring - except Fury, who was dropped twice in their first meeting but survived until the final bell.

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According to Haye, he felt much harder punches from Wilder in sparring than from any other boxer in an actual fight - including Wladimir Klitschko.

"I truly believe he's the hardest punching heavyweight ever," Haye told BT Sport, according to The Mirror.

"I got hit by Wilder in sparring - and I've been hit by Wladimir Klitschko on the chin with 10oz gloves - but there was more effect from Wilder hitting me on the top of the head with 18oz gloves on and with me wearing a headguard.

"It wasn't even clean, it was glancing, but I felt that more. I remember after sparring him the first time I thought he was going to do something. He was wild, he was all over the place but the power... No-one mentions his punch resistance but he can take a shot. I was giving him some digs; I've buzzed him a bit and he's been back wanting more.

"Not only is it a good chin but his recovery is great, most people you hit them with one shot their legs go and they're not the same. It takes a few rounds but he's straight back on it. I remember thinking he can punch and he can take a shot so once he gets his technique up to scratch which it is now I knew this kid was going to be something very, very special."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by hugh grant on 02-16-2020

He might be the hardest puncher ever and if you have taken his punches all you can claim hes the hardest hitter you've faced as you've not faced foreman, Cooney, or Lyle or shavers. But that he has knocked everyone…

Comment by Madison boxing on 02-16-2020

Ive not seen him knock out any great fighters. He fought one top fighter and it went the distance. He couldn't get stiverne out of there in rhe first fight either

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 02-16-2020

[QUOTE=Armchairhero;20366158]Minus Tyson? He’d be all over him like a rash... Wilder is the hardest one shot boxer to lace up gloves, that right hand is lethal. His boxing skills are trash tho, if he had an ounce of the talent…

Comment by Tyistall on 02-04-2020

[QUOTE=skinny kenny;20369431]duhaupas actually is from europe but a win over him is useless because he lost to black americans (miller and wilder). poor guy has probably been executed for messing up the narrative.[/QUOTE] My narrative??? Fact: Wilder refused his biggest…

Comment by skinny kenny on 02-04-2020

[QUOTE=skinny kenny;20369427]you never let the facts get in the way of your story. the head of the organization says 100 million not 120 and the aj fights are not guaranteed (BECAUSE AJ DOES NOT WORK FOR DAZN). Whyte became mandatory…

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