Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder has knocked out every man he has faced in the ring, and he will look to add Tyson Fury to that long list on Saturday night when he faces the former titlist at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Showtime pay-per-view will televise the card.
Only one man has gone the distance with Wilder (40-0, 39 KO's) -- former champion Bermane Stiverne lost a unanimous decision to Wilder in January of 2015. However, in their not so anticipated rematch last fall, Wilder knocked Stiverne out in one round.
Wilder, 33, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, stopped the heavy-handed Luis Ortiz in March, dropping the Cuban three times before the fight was stopped in the 10th round.
When Wilder has his man hurt, he immediately goes on the attack, often throwing wild punches in bunches.
“When my mind transforms it is a scary feeling because it is a source of power that takes over and allows me to feel like I know I can kill a man,” Wilder said to The Sun.
“People have a problem with me saying it because I can do so. People have a problem, because I do possess the power to do it. When I have a feeling come over me, I don’t know the strength of my own power. It’s unexplainable. The week of the fight is when I start to transform, it just takes hold, especially the day of the fight. I’m no longer myself, nothing is funny, everything is serious.
“A fighter is not going to stay in the ring with me if I don’t want them to. I have a killer instinct that is crazy. If you are hurt and wounded, you are going to get out of there. I don’t get paid for overtime, so why sit around? Why wait? I like to get a knockout; the heavyweight division is based on power. I like to give the people what they want to see, a devastating knockout, and I deliver that each and every time.”