Deontay Wilder is undoubtedly one of the hardest punchers in heavyweight history and he cemented that reputation against Luis Ortiz on Saturday night.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ retained his prestigious WBC title at the MGM Grand with a stunning KO win over the Cuban in the rematch of their epic encounter 18 months ago.
As every man who has ever faced Wilder can attest, the power he possesses is ferocious and destructive in equal measure and has rendered plenty of men unconscious.
In fact, Wilder has even sent all four of his trainers to the hospital during his career at the Skyy Gym in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
Head coach Jay Deas told BT Sport: “I had the body suit on, and he came and he caught me just under the body suit, and again, you know me, it hurt but who cares.
“I keep working and the next day I was like ‘wow that really hurts!’, and it got worse and worse so I went to the doctor and he said ‘we’re going to have to do hernia surgery!’ And so, that just gives you an idea [of his power].
“He separated coach Cuz’s thumb and dislocated Mark Breland’s shoulder; Deontay’s the only fighter in the world that has three mitt men because someone is always on the injured reserve!”
Another of his trainers, Damarius Hill, added: “I actually suffered a fractured thumb and the man just has tremendous punching power. I had a fracture line all the way to here. A brutal sport! They say, ‘if you can’t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen!’”
Audley Harrison has also revealed how Wilder almost detached his retina from his skull during a sparring session.
The heavyweight duo trained together before Harrison’s fight with David Price in 2012, before coming face-to-face in a professional contest a year later.
On both occasions, Harrison was brutally knocked out inside the first round. However, the display by the Bronze Bomber was so brutal it effectively ended the Brit’s career.
After a tentative start, the American landed a trademark right hand which Harrison never recovered from as he sagged on the ropes under a barrage of punches.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Harrison revealed just how hard the 33-year-old can hit as he recalled the gruelling sparring sessions the pair undertook.
He said: “I had him in camp for sparring a year before we fought and he was over for about five weeks to prepare me for David Price.
“He almost had my eye out in sparring one day — he caught me with this shot and it nearly detached my retina and suddenly I had to stop training for eight or nine days.
“Aside from the power, Wilder is unique. He is very tall, very fast and very unorthodox in how he moves — you cannot pin him down.
“He can actually be quite ungainly but he is effective because he has that explosive hand speed.”