Deontay Wilder has the most ferocious punching power in the present day heavyweight boxing division – but can he really be put in the same category as a peak Mike Tyson?
That's the question posed by American sports institution ESPN ahead of the Bronze Bomber's rematch with Cuban pugilist Luis Ortiz this weekend.
Tyson's feared arsenal of uppercuts and hooks earned him the nickname of the 'baddest man on the planet' back in the late 1980s and 1990s.
Opponent after opponent was left slumped in a heap until a shock defeat to Buster Douglas in 1990 signalled that 'Iron Mike' was not invincible after all.
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Despite some losses at the end of his career, Tyson's legacy remains intact and he is revered by boxing fans around the world.
So when ESPN attempted to compare Wilder's record to that of Tyson's aged 10 years his junior, fight fans were left incredulous.
"Is it time to start calling Deontay Wilder the “World’s Baddest Man?” read the tweet.
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"Here’s how the @BronzeBomber list of accomplishments stacks up with Mike Tyson through the first 42 fights of their careers."
Both fighters' records show 40 wins from 41 fights, although Wilder's draw with Tyson Fury is favourable over Tyson's loss to Douglas.
Wilder also has four more knockouts (40 to 36) but he has just the WBC title to his name, whereas Tyson had the WBC, WBA, IBF and lineal crowns.
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"Tyson in his prime KOs wilder in the 1st so the answer is NO!" stated one annoyed fan.
"In his prime? At almost any point in his career tbh," replied another.
A third tweeted: "This is hilarious. 10 years apart and the same amount of fight. Tyson is the GOAT"
"I am a Wilder fan, but Iron Mike did all that by 24 and was recognised as the lineal champ," added another boxing fan.
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"Pre-Douglas fight, Mike was the most feared boxer in history. Hands down."
"Don't ever disrespect Iron Mike like this again," concluded a fifth.
Wilder must successfully defend his WBC heavyweight title against Ortiz on Saturday night to set up a second fight with Fury in 2020.
The American survived a major scare in the seventh round of his first clash with the 40-year-old before recovering to knock his opponent in the 10th.
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