Sparring Partner: Wilder Hits Much Harder Than Joshua, Klitschko

Retired heavyweight Richard Towers has been used as a sparring partner by a who's who in the heavyweight division in the last few years.

In a recent interview, Towers explained that WBC world champion Deontay Wilder is a much bigger puncher than any other heavyweight in recent years.

Towers, who stood at 6ft 8in, says Wilder was a much bigger puncher than Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko and Tyson Fury.


Wilder is currently heading to a world title defense against Fury, who is still the lineal champion with his 2015 decision win over Wladimir Klitschko.

After sparring both, Towers indicates that Wilder holds a very sizable advantage in punching power.

“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," Towers said to The Sun.

“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.”

Towers believes Fury is taking way too big of a risk right now in facing Wilder.

Fury has been off for over two years, before returning to the ring in June, and then coming back last month with a decision win over Fracensco Pianeta. 

“We sparred on and off for two years and he was great, but I have to be honest: this is the wrong fight to take right now. It really is. Tyson has just come back on the scene and, although he is a grafter, this isn’t the ideal time for him to fight Wilder. He is moving OK against easy opposition, but he has got a big body and a big head to move out of the way for 12 rounds against Wilder. That’s no easy task," concluded Towers.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ulver on 09-04-2018

Wilder would get killed by powerful, iron-chinned Vitali in his prime. Wilder looks good beating up 50-year-olds like Ortiz and bartenders paid to fall down like Malik Scott. As for Tyson "8-ball" Fury, even I could look like a knockout…

Comment by nick_viking on 09-04-2018

[QUOTE=Reloaded;19069758]Its candid chit chat to some point everybody does it in candid conversations no need to want every word engraved in stone and presented to the Smithsonian, we understand what he saying Wilder hits a lot harder in he view.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Reloaded on 09-03-2018

[QUOTE=nick_viking;19067250]FOUR times harder, FIVE times harder, SIX times harder. This is just the sort of childish rubbish that sun readers lap up. Terrible rag. No doubt that Wilder has serious one punch power. But what nonsense.[/QUOTE] Its candid chit chat…

Comment by The D3vil on 09-03-2018

I'm pretty sure a man who's been in the ring with all of them would know more than a bunch of AJ d*ckriders, who just don't want to admit their guy is afraid of the guy they keep downgrading.

Comment by abracada on 09-03-2018

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;19067214]Retired heavyweight Richard Towers has been used as a sparring partner by a who's who in the heavyweight division in the last few years. In a recent interview, Towers explained that WBC world champion Deontay Wilder is a much bigger…

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