Deontay Wilder Thinks He Could’ve Beaten 1986 Mike Tyson; Lennox Lewis Says Otherwise (VIDEO)
In the sport of boxing, you have to be a good trash talker to sell yourself.
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder took his trash talk to another level with his recent claims of multi-generational greatness and being able to take down one of the most feared fighters in the prime of his career.
Wilder claimed that he could’ve beaten 1986 Mike Tyson, which would’ve been during Iron Mike’s prime, when he was destroying anything and everything in his path.
Wilder told TMZ:
“Listen, I’ve got to keep it real. I know people always go back to the old school or look at the new school, and there’s no school where I’m not No. 1 on earth.”
Keep in mind, Wilder is talking about this Tyson:
Former champ Lennox Lewis, who defeated Tyson in 2002, took to social media upon hearing this revelation and stopped the youngster right in his tracks before he could go any further.
“I just heard Deontay Wilder said he would destroy a young Mike Tyson. My thoughts are that it’s easy to talk until you actually get in the ring
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 Deontay Wilder’s confidence. You need that to sit atop the heavyweight division. He’s hungry and shows up in probably the best shape in division but there are levels to it and he’s still adding to his arsenal.
My best advice to the entire crop of young heavyweight champs is to focus on being the best of YOUR era out of respect and reality. It’s unprovable. Of course people asked, but I found no need to speculate or compare myself to my idol [Muhammad] Ali or any other of the past greats.
History will decide your place among the all-time greats so go out there, clean up the division, defend your title, reign supreme and your work will speak for itself.”
Wilder is set to fight Luis Ortiz in March.