Deontay Wilder has been controversially named the 'greatest of all time' in boxing history by Khalilah Ali, estranged wife of late boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Khalilah's emotively out-of-order eulogy of the WBC heavyweight champion trailed his victory over Ortiz at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Wilder put up a fabulous show of a champion, toeing the way of legends with another impressive victory over Cuban boxer Luis Ortiz in Las Vegas on November 23.
Bronze Bomber, his self-given pseudonym, was losing at some point to the 40-year-old Cuban in what was looking like his first career defeat.
But the WBC heavyweight champion threw in a heavy punch into Ortiz's face and sent him down to claim another resounding knockout- 41 KOs of his entire 43 career fights- to retain his belt.
The victory, which confirmed Wilder the “hardest hitter in boxing,” was hailed by Muhammad Ali’s ex-wife Khalilah who went one step further to label the 34-year-old greatest boxer of all time, SportBible reports.
“I know the greatest when I see it. You are the GOAT (greatest of all time) brother. Thank you so much,” the 69-year-old said to Wilder in a FightHype video.
"You are definitely the king of the ring, you don't have to prove anything, just do your thing
"I told him, I said, 'Look at that brother, you're in trouble. I knew it."
Meanwhile, Deontay Wilder has topped the list of 10 fighters with highest knockout win percentages in boxing history.
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