Deontay Wilder struggles to make the tenth defense of his WBC heavy crown when he fights Luis Ortiz on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“ Brown bomber & # 39; & # 39; flashed past the Cuban in March 2018. In a fascinating ten-round meeting that flashed and flowed during a bartending night in Brooklyn.
Ortiz banged the native of Alabama with a series of baking combinations in the eighth round, alone on canvas. However, Wilder gathered strength to create a sensational stop, to give impetus and regain the title.
Not for the first time in his career, the 34-year-old from Tuscaloosa had problems before his bizarre power changed the course of the fight.
Against Artur Szpilka, Wilder missed 175 blows in a duel in January 2016 and knew that after nine rounds he scored cards. However, he gave the opposite hand, which saw the medical team from the ring jump out of places to follow the Pole.
And during their incredible fight with Tyson Fury 11 months ago, many had the impression that "Gyspy King" is well on its way to deafen the world and leave the Staples Center with the prestigious green and gold stripe. But the right-left combination caused fury in the last round, and the result was a controversial draw of split decisions.
Boxing power punchers are perhaps the brightest, but least understood phenomena in sport. There is no secret to success in bone crunching, nor is there a guaranteed formula.
TalkSPORT.com took a closer look at what makes Wilder such a cruel blow and why the heavyweight division is terrified by the "brown bomber" before his revenge with Ortiz.
"So I get up, Fr. 8 o'clock in the morning, "Wilder said for AL.com. "I will eat a good breakfast from pancakes, Polish sausage, patty and good eggs.
"One morning I will eat a McMuffins egg that will rotate during breakfast.
"I come back again, Fr. 11.30, eat a nice pasta with chicken Alfredo with corn on the cob, and maybe toasted bread with garlic toast and a protein shake. I will also have a protein shake with breakfast in the morning.
"14.00 there'll be a sandwich, you know, maybe ham and cheese, maybe tuna with two boiled eggs.
"The Five o'clock [meal] it will consist of Salisbury steak, with mashed potatoes and green beans, and I eat a lot of red potatoes; I eat a lot of yams.
"And then Fr. 19:30I have a nice T-shaped steak, some red potatoes, we can have some squash and some green beans.
"Every day is different, and with it different meals. But this mainly concludes.
"They just feed me food, I just eat! My stomach can sometimes be so fat that I have to rub it for hours. I'm not a great eater! "
As he admits, Deontay Wilder does not lift heavy weights and does not work especially on speed.
"I put my power with anyone, period," says the master. "And this is natural; I don't have to lift weight, period.
"I don't have to go to the gym, I don't have to go to the gym, and my athleticism, physique and build will be as they are.
"Ask the people around me. It is in vivid color. "
In addition to coaches Jay Deas and 1984 Olympic Gold medalist Mark Breland, Wilder works on pure technical skills.
After an incredible fight with Fury, Wilder admitted that his training would focus on "returning to the basics."
"Basically, I was moving away from many things as a champion," he said Tha Boxing Voice. "And like a warrior in general, with my style, with my height, I fail a lot.
"After I won the title, things got worse slowly but surely. It wasn't that I didn't have to do certain things anymore, but I felt like I was throwing myself.
"You've all seen it; I will come here and I will simply hit the mitts and the spars. This is it; without running, without air conditioning and other things, without a heavy bag, without a speed bag, without skipping rope, without anything!
"But that's all I've ever done – hitting gloves and sparring."
His work at Skyy Boxing Gym from October 2005 met countless opponents, but also trainers left in agony. In an interview with The Guardian before the sensational destruction of Dominic Breazeale & # 39; and in the first round, Deas revealed what it was like to train a puncher as cruel as his protege.
"I have three men with one finger," he said. "He requirements three men with one finger. It will never take long. "
"You were born enormously [power], "he added." You can improve power by about 10 percent through conditioning and technique, so you can take a guy who is insensitive, and make him at least respected, and you can take a guy who is a pretty good guy, and make it a 10 percent better spike.
"But the best I've ever seen anyone improve is around 10 percent."
This little-known secret Wilder is a certified diver.
This is one way to increase your appetite and eat all red potatoes.
"Not only am I dangerous on land, but I am dangerous in [ocean]," He said.
"I can travel around the world and dive.
"It's my great hobby, I love it."
Before he won the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, Wilder competed as an amateur in the 91 kg (201 pounds) category.
In 2007, he made a series of shocking results to win the national gold gloves and US Championships. Over the next year he competed in the same weight.
When he finally became a professional in November 2008, the "Bronze Bomber" remained at around 220 pounds (99.7 kg) because he won victory after victory.
However, for the first fight with Ortiz, Wilder weighed 214 pounds, followed by 212.5 pounds for the fight against Fury – his lowest level since he became a professional in 2008.
The American has a classic ectomorphic body shape; tall, with a light build and lean muscle. However, he wants to send a clear message to the rest of the heavyweight, accumulating even more weight.
"My goal has always been to get 245 pounds," said Wilder after the Furia draw. "It has always been my goal. But someone will be hurt.
"If weight brings great man's strength and I already had power and speed, someone will be hurt. So if people want to see me gain weight and get hurt, so be it.
"But you never want to see anyone like Adonis Stevenson. I always think about him and tell people all the time – we risk our lives in the ring. We risk our lives.
"And I know that I have the power to hurt everyone – everyone."
For the fight against Breazeale in May, Wilder had 223.25 pounds (101 kg). His toughest career was against Eric Molina when he weighed 229 pounds to stop Eric Molina in 2015.
No matter how much it weighs for a rematch with Ortiz, the "Bronze Bomber" always strikes.