The debate over who is the hardest hitter in boxing history is very hard to prove, but names such as Deontay Wilder, George Foreman and Earnie Shavers are thrown around regularly.
One man who wasn’t even considered ahead of his second fight with Wilder was Tyson Fury, who was even called “pillow fists” by the Bronze Bomber – but one of his sparring partners has told talkSPORT how hard the Briton hits.
Months before Fury v Wilder 2, the British star hired SugarHill Steward from famed Kronk Gym – known for developing knockout artists such as Thomas Hearns, Lennox Lewis and ‘Dr Steelhammer’ himself, Wladimir Klitschko.
Since then, Fury’s power has looked devastating and, after emphatically knocking Wilder out twice, he asserted himself as the bigger puncher after their second fight.
“He was the biggest puncher in history, but I knocked him out,” Fury said of Wilder.
“I’m the biggest and toughest puncher. He’s only a threat in someone’s nightmares, but not to me.
One man who can attest to Fury’s power is Johnny Fisher, an up-and-coming British heavyweight prospect.
Fisher fought Fury in the build up to his trilogy bout with Wilder and the Romford Bull definitely felt the power of the Gypsy King.
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“He’s a 19 stone man,” the 23-year-old told talkSPORT’s Drivetime.
“Anyone hits you on 16 or 17 stone and you’re going to feel it, but the thing about Tyson is he can move, he can hit, he’s durable, he’s got a bit of everything, that’s why he is the best in the world.
“So when a 19 stone man hits you, you can definitely feel it.”
Fisher went on to praise Fury as the current best heavyweight in the world ahead of his WBC world title fight with Dillian Whyte on Saturday night.
“He’s the best,” Fisher said ahead of the Wembley showdown.
“He’s the best dog at the minute, but the problem is that with heavyweight boxing it’s very easy to lose that top position because anyone can punch and any man over 14 stone can seriously punch. .
“So you have to be on your A-game at all times because it’s a cliché, but anytime, a moment can change the fight.”
talkSPORT will bring you live coverage of the huge world heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday night, with our coverage starting at 7.30pm and featuring expert analysis from Ben Davison’s ringside
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