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Deontay Wilder thinks he’s already done enough to enter the ‘International Boxing Hall of Fame’ alongside Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis


There is no doubt that Deontay Wilder is one of the best heavyweights of this era, but he considers himself one of the best of all time.

Wilder has enjoyed a tremendous career knocking out every opponent he has faced in his 45 fights so far except Tyson Fury to the point where he is considered arguably the hardest hitter in boxing history.

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Wilder may not have knocked Fury out, but he’s knocked him out four times in their three fights

‘The Bronze Bomber’ hasn’t fought since being knocked out by Fury in their trilogy fight last year and he even considered retiring, but now Wilder is making his comeback on October 15 against the heavyweight veteran Robert Helenius.

Despite the fact that Wilder will no doubt be a heavy favorite for this fight, Helenius still poses a threat as he is currently on a decent winning streak.

But, even if he loses, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ believes he has already done enough in his career to be inducted into the IBHOF (International Boxing Hall of Fame).

“I’m a Hall of Famer right now,” Wilder told BoxingScene.com.

“I already know when those five years are up and I’m done competing, I’m automatically in the Boxing Hall of Fame, no questions asked.

“Otherwise, I will be very surprised.”

Wilder thinks he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame whether he beats Helenius or not

Wilder thinks he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame whether he beats Helenius or not

That’s quite the claim given that the IBHOF is an extremely exclusive club that only admits the best of the best.

Current inductees in the heavyweight division include Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, the Klitschko brothers and Evander Holyfield.

All are considered some of the greatest fighters of all time, while aside from Fury and possibly Luis Ortiz, Wilder’s resume is a bit slim in terms of elite competition.

That being said, Wilder is among the elite in terms of heavyweight title defenses having held the WBC belt from 2015 to 2020, making ten successful defenses.

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Deontay Wilder thinks he's already done enough to enter the 'International Boxing Hall of Fame' alongside Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis

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