Deontay Wilder has told talkSPORT he’d be terrified if he ever had to face himself in a boxing ring.
Ahead of his rematch with Tyson Fury, live on talkSPORT this Saturday night, the knockout artist became philosophical about how his opponent must be feeling.
Wilder said to talkSPORT’s Adam Catterall: “Any given moment of the fight, you can never get comfortable with me.
“And when you’re going in there with a fighter like that it hits your conscience. Like, ‘I’ve gotta be perfect for 12 rounds, 36 minutes.’
“I think about it sometimes, if I had to fight myself, all the attributes that I have.
“It raises the hairs on my skin just to think about the things I’ve done over the years to a human body, when I’ve said I was gonna do it.
“I’ve gone in and done certain things, and you see the human body – whether their eyes are going back, whether their tongue is clogging their throat up, whether they’re seizing.
“It’d be terrifying, it’d be terrifying.”
Wilder has 41 KOs from his 43 fights to date with two highlight-reel knockouts scored over Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz last year.
Following these latest dramatic finishes, many are now proclaiming Wilder to be the hardest-hitting puncher in boxing history.
He explained: “In boxing you’re gonna get hit, especially in the heavyweight division when you’re talking about the elites.
“You’re gonna get hit and you just hope that punch is not the be all and end all.
“For me, I have that. They call it the eraser, the eliminator, the terminator, the one-punch man, the destroyer or whatever you wanna label it.
“I have that. And every fighter wishes they had some type of power.
“No fighter wants to go 12 rounds, I don’t get paid for overtime and I thank God that I’m blessed with tremendous power.”