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Lennox Lewis claimed in January 2018 that Deontay Wilder wouldn't have been able to beat the often talked about 'Prime Mike Tyson,' and that's before the Bronze Bomber lost a fight.
The former heavyweight took to Twitter over two years ago, after the American claimed that he could have beaten Tyson back in the late 80s when he was known as 'Iron Mike.'
The Brit did go on to praise the 'Bronze Bomber' for his confidence in his abilities inside the squared circle.
There is no doubt that Wilder is a big believer in his own abilities so his claims about knocking out 'The Baddest Man on the Planet' aren't out of character.
When TMZ specifically asked Wilder in 2018 if he would stand a chance against Tyson, he unequivocally responded: "Yes."
But the 'Bronze Bomber' went on to proclaim that he fears no heavyweight, past or present, by adding that whether they're "old school [or] new school, I knock them all out."
Of course hindsight really does favour Lewis, who claimed he fought Tyson in said 'prime,' with Wilder having lost to Tyson Fury at the beginning of this year.
In the build up to the fight the Gypsy King said he was going to stop the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist before the fight went the distance, with Wilder saying in retaliation that Fury had 'pillow hands.'
That certainly didn't prove to be the case as the then challenger dropped the champion twice before the fight was stopped in the seventh round.
Since then 54-year-old Tyson has claimed he wants to come out of retirement and created a huge amount of buzz about it.
Who knows, maybe Wilder will get the chance to prove he can knockout Tyson, although not exactly in his prime.
More pressingly he'll hope he can beat the other Tyson, Fury, when it comes to their third meeting sometime this year.
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