Feature | Feb 28 2018

The Tip of the Whip: Deontay Wilder’s KO secret

WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder attributes his incredible knockout ratio to what he calls "the tip of the whip", writes Elliot Worsell
Deontay Wilder
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IN 2013, Deontay Wilder told me he was all muscle, bone and skin. He then showed me the tip of his whip.

Less sinister than it sounds, certainly less sexual, and entirely unrelated to cars, the whip in question was the technique behind a punch responsible for a 100 percent knockout ratio and the tip, according to its owner, was the part of that punch that set it apart from those of others.

Get back,” Wilder said, snapping into an orthodox stance beside a heavy bag, as if about to set off a firework. “Watch.”


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