- Deontay Wilder has been recently compared to Mike Tyson over his feats as boxer
- A look at Wilder's records show he has a better knockout record than Mike Tyson
- However, Tyson boasts of other records including more title wins
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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder recently claimed that he would have knocked Mike Tyson in his prime if he had been around.
According to Wilder, he is so good that he would have still been the champion whether old school or new school.
While Wilder could be easily tagged as a braggart for the assertion, it looks like he might actually have a point, if we are to go by the fight records of him and Tyson.
So far, Wilder has fought in 43 bouts with the seventh-round knockout of Luiz Ortiz on Saturday, November 23, 2019, being the last.
Out of the 43 fights, Wilder has won 42 and he is yet to taste defeat with his draw with Tyson Fury being the only time he did not win a bout since he turned a professional.
Tyson. on the other hand, suffered one defeat in his first 43 fights. In what is described as one of the greatest upsets in boxing history, Tyson lost his title to James 'Buster' Douglas after a 10-round knockout in a bout in Tokyo in 1990.
Talking of knockouts, Wilder has a superior record in this regard. Out of his 42 wins so far, only one has gone the distance of 12 rounds and that was the win against Bermane Stiverne which brought the WBC title in 2015.
For Tyson, his first 43 fights brought 36 knockouts. Deducting the defeat to Douglas it means, he had 42 wins like Wilder but five of them went the distance or with one coming by disqualification.
However, Tyson scores high marks when it comes to world titles won. Apart from being the youngest ever heavyweight titleholder at 20 years, Tyson went ahead to unify the WBA, WBC, IBF, The Ring and lineal titles by the age of 24.
Wilder is 34 years old now and has only ever won the WBC title. He has expressed his desire to fight the winner of Andy Ruiz vs Anthony Joshua to unify the world titles in 2020. But until that happens, Wilder comes nowhere near Tyson in that regard.
Meanwhile, the WBC heavyweight champion has vowed to break Floyd Mayweather's enviable record for the longest active unbeaten streak in boxing history.
Mayweather retired from boxing with after winning all the 50 fights he ever fought.
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