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Deontay Wilder Trainer Picks Best Moments

Deontay Wilder Trainer Picks Best Moments

Jay Deas has earned widespread plaudits in his role as Deontay Wilder’s trainer. The Alabama coach has nurtured Wilder from a gangly teenager into the world’s most devastating heavyweight. Here, Deas, just days away from his man’s mouth-watering clash with Tyson Fury, reveals exclusively to SportPesa his three favourite moments of Wilder’s career.


Wilder Becomes World Champion

“When Deontay beat Bermane Stiverne in 2015, that was the most satisfying night of my life because nobody believed that Deontay had it in him to go 12 hard rounds with a good fighter. Stiverne was WBC champion with a wealth of experience and many believed that he was going to take Deontay into deep waters. The consensus beforehand was that Wilder had to knock him out, but instead he showed the world that he could box his way to an easy points decision. That was the night when Deontay proved a lot of people wrong and started to get the recognition that he deserved.”

The Destruction of Breazeale

“What Deontay done to Dominic Breazeale was absolutely frightening and it was all part of the game-plan that was given to Deontay. The thing with Deontay at this level is that opponents know how dangerous he is and do all they can to stay away from his power in the fight’s early rounds. That means we have to improve at finding openings and that’s exactly what you saw against Breazeale. The fight warmed up immediately with some big shots, but when Deontay’s right hand got through, you knew it was all over.”

The Recovery Against Szpilka

“This was a tougher night than Deontay probably expected, but he showed all the requirements that you need to be a world champion. He had to overcome a couple of hard moments against a determined opponent in Artur Szpilka, but Deontay stuck to the task and got the win. This fight saw Deontay get a lot of criticism with people saying his reign won’t be long, but here we are four years on still undefeated and still world champion.”

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