Deontay Wilder was constantly plagued with comparisons to former champions during his tenure as WBC heavyweight champion.
Many critics downplayed Wilder’s title defenses against lesser opposition and suggested he wouldn’t have lasted in the era of Mike Tyson and the other champions who came before him.
One day, while doing an Instagram Live, Wilder erupted on the subject and exclaimed, “Half of you don’t know your story when it comes to this sport of boxing, let’s face it- the.
“You don’t know your story, you don’t know your facts, you don’t know s***. All you know is what you hear.
“We all love Tyson, of course. We all love them, I love them all, they did a great job.
“Everyone was scared of Mike Tyson, let’s face it, because of his aggression, the way he would say it, the things he would do.
“He would be a fucking psycho, he was crazy, so of course if a person goes crazy on the outside people are going to be scared of the person.
“But, if you go back, and I want someone to answer that question for me, how many Hall of Fame fighters has Mike Tyson actually fought?
“How many Hall of Fame fighters has Mike Tyson actually fought? Don’t bring up Michael Spinks, who went from lightweight to heavyweight, who was terrified of his fucking boots.
“And don’t bring up Larry Holmes because we already know Larry is past his prime, so how many of them?”
“We’re gonna do all the fucking work today, I’m gonna take you to school because you don’t know what you’re talking about.”
When someone left a comment saying it was just Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, Wilder continued, “Thanks, thanks. Only two my nigga.
“Only two, Holyfield beat him twice and Lennox beat him. Only two, so what the hell are you talking about?
“You go back and make your fucking history. Everyone was scared, no Hall of Famers. Only two, only two.
“So get out of here. When you come to see me, do your facts and your research.