Feature | Mar 06 2018

Deontay Wilder and boxing’s 10 wildest and weirdest world champions

Deontay Wilder isn't the first world champion to break the rules and have his technique come under scrutiny. Elliot Worsell looks at 10 other champions who embraced their imperfections
Deontay Wilder
Wilder  |  Stephanie Trapp/Showtime

As a result of Saturday’s (March 3) heavyweight heroics in Brooklyn, kids all over the world will this week be joining gyms and boxing just like Deontay Wilder.

That’s a joke, by the way; a riff on Wilder’s supposedly amateurish boxing style and the extent to which his success relies on punch power and athleticism rather than technique; the suggestion being that even newcomers, those unfamiliar with the mechanics of throwing straight and correct punches, can be just like Wilder, their hero, from day one.

Ha. Ha.