Deontay Wilder announced himself to British boxing fans as far back as April 2013 with a 70-second demolition of Audley Harrison.
Since then he was a world heavyweight champion until the title was lost to Tyson Fury – and this weekend he has the chance to win back his WBC belt when the pair meet for a third time.
However, when he met Harrison eight years ago, the American was a 27-0 and garnering some attention for his explosive knockout style.
All of his victories up to this point came via knockout and 14 of them came in the first round.
Harrison, by contrast, had suffered six defeats in his career up to this point, was 41 years old and had already had his shot at world title glory, an effort that saw him last three rounds with David Haye in 2010.
A bad first-round knockout loss to David Price came two years later and the lustre the former Olympic gold medallist once had began to fade. At one stage, the six-foot-five Londoner was 19-0 and was seen as a talented southpaw.
After a tentative start, it took Wilder 70 seconds to dispatch of Harrison after that right hand exploded once again. A-Force found himself sagged against the ropes and couldn’t recover from the American’s wild onslaught.
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Harrison had Wilder in for a training camp the previous year and the Bronze Bomber hit him so hard he nearly detached his retina. The Brit knew what he was getting himself in for.
He said: “I had him in camp for sparring a year before we fought and he was over for about five weeks to prepare me for David Price.
“He almost had my eye out in sparring one day — he caught me with this shot and it nearly detached my retina and suddenly I had to stop training for eight or nine days.
“Aside from the power, Wilder is unique. He is very tall, very fast and very unorthodox in how he moves — you cannot pin him down.
“He can actually be quite ungainly but he is effective because he has that explosive hand speed.”
Harrison was sent into retirement after this loss and finished with a record of 31-7.
Wilder would claim the WBC title just under two years and five fights later – a stretch where he beat his current trainer Mailk Scott – after being taken the distance for the first time in his career with Bermane Stiverne.
Of course, in 2017, he’d knock Stiverne out in the first round of their rematch.
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