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The Big Question: Where does the power of Deontay Wilder rank in heavyweight history?

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Following his explosive knockout of Luis Ortiz, this week's panellists were asked to rank Deontay Wilder in the pantheon of great heavyweight punchers

Wayne Alexander (Former European champion)

Wilder’s power ranks up there with the best of the last 30 years. His record suggests he is probably in the top 10. He can knock out an opponent with one punch and with either hand, even in the later rounds. That kind of one-shot power reminds me of Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and even George Foreman, who is one of the hardest-hitting heavyweights of all time.

Declan Taylor (Boxing journalist)

There is no doubt that Deontay Wilder has to be considered among the biggest one-punch guys in the history of the sport and he has an argument for the number one spot. It’s always a bit foolish to compare eras but his power is reminiscent of another Alabaman, Earnie Shavers.

Nigel Wright (Former English champion)

Wilder is possibly the hardest one-punch hitter in history. Other big punchers like Tyson and Forman would take you out with combinations whereas Wilder throws nothing and then boom, one punch and it’s over. For me it’s all about the speed. All heavyweights can hit but the likes of Tyson, Marciano and Wilder all had fast hands.

Nathan Farrell (Super-lightweight prospect)

You have the likes of Joe Louis, George Foreman and notably Mike Tyson. The difference is Tyson used to put punches together. They also said his power wasn’t the same if you survive six rounds with him. Wilder, though, has proven his power is as significant in the last round as it is in the first. He’s on par with the hardest punchers of all time.

Mike Tyson is another heavyweight whose power was legendary

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