Deontay Wilder Suffered His Only KO Defeat Against A Russian Beast
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Deontay Wilder was once beaten by Russian Evgenyi Romanov in the 'Bronze Bomber's' only KO defeat.
Wilder battled Romanov in a USA vs Russia fight in Novosibirsk back in 2008.
The American saw himself fall to a third round KO loss after being overwhelmed by his shorter competitor.
It's not the type of humiliation Wilder will want to be reminded of ahead of his WBC Heavyweight Title defence against Tyson Fury on Saturday.
The bout was a cruiserweight clash early in both fighter's respective careers.
Wilder did start the fight in control and had a commanding 4-2 point lead at the end of the first round.
He managed to use his six foot seven frame to his advantage and keep the six foot Russian at bay.
But Romanov settled into the bout in the second round and managed to swing momentum into his favour.
All of Wilder's tricks were countered with slick counter-punches that seemed to shock the current WBC Heavyweight Champion.
Wilder had to take a standing count at the end of round two following a strong right from the Russian.
That gave Romanov all the momentum heading into round three where he sealed victory.
He forced a second starting count early on before he planted Wilder with two firm strikes that saw the referee award victory to Romanov.
The 34-year-old turned pro in 2016 and he has managed to establish an impressive record.
He is currently 13-0 with 9 knock-outs and has won a variety of amateur championships in his early years.
Meanwhile, Wilder has since gone on to become one of the world's top heavyweights and sits at 43 currently unbeaten.
Wilder will hope to secure his 11th title defence when he steps into the squared circle with Fury for their highly-anticipated rematch.
The 'Bronze Bomber' showed that their rivalry is far from over during their final press conference on Wednesday.