Wilder also exchanges words with James Toney.
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson believes that the world will only know how good American star Deontay Wilder is when he reacts to getting hit.
Wilder has compiled a 31-0 record so far through his career, with all 31 victories coming by way of knockout, and that has led to an expected world title shot against the winner of Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne’s fight for the WBC heavyweight title.
Nevertheless, with critics questioning the level of opposition he has fought through his career thus far, boxing legend Tyson fairly pointed out that Wilder has yet to face adversity in the ring and that is arguably when we will find out for the first time what he is made of.
“We have to see what happens when he [Deontay] gets hit back. Anyone can knock someone out, even my 3-year-old son,” Tyson said according to Showtime.
However, Wilder is known for not being shy with his words and hit back with: “Mike Tyson, Yeah, a 3 year old that wants to quit can bite an ear off too, right? #SmartAleck.”
In turn, that brought James Toney into the equation as he defended Tyson and believes that Wilder should show more respect to a legend of the game while also calling him out to “come see me”.
Wilder was largely dismissive of his opinion but has generally received a positive response for standing his ground and firing back after what was interpreted as a critical comment.
Nevertheless, the big-hitting American also had a message for the rest of his detractors, as he looks ahead to what could be a pivotal year in his career where he will undoubtedly face a higher calibre of opposition and face genuine tests of his all-round boxing ability.
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) April 7, 2014