Here is what would happen if America's hardest-hitting heavyweight Deontay Wilder punched you in the face

  • Have you ever looked at Deontay Wilder, America's hardest-hitting heavyweight, and thought to yourself, I wonder what it would feel like to be punched by him?
  • Well, you're not alone. According to his long-time trainer, Jay Deas, many people actually call them up and beg to be hit by Wilder.
  • Deas told Business Insider that if Wilder, who is 6-foot-7 and weighs 220-pounds, punched a regular-sized person in the face, they'd obviously end up on the floor. "It would not be good."
  • Deas even said he was caught flush on his arm by a Wilder punch during a training session and it left a bruise the size of a volleyball.
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LAS VEGAS — If Deontay Wilder punched a regular person in the head, it would not end well.

Wilder, 34, is America's hardest-hitting heavyweight and the reigning WBC champion who defends his world title on Saturday, February 22 against Tyson Fury in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.

Unbeaten in 43 fights, Wilder has won 42 times with 41 of those wins coming by knockout. The only blemish on his record is a draw, which was announced the last time he fought Fury at the Staples Center in Los Angeles 14 months ago.

Wilder has finished, or knocked down, every opponent he's ever faced in professional boxing. His knockout ratio is 95%, the highest of any heavyweight who ever competed.

He's 6-foot-7, weighs approximately 220 pounds, and has an impressive 83-inch punching reach.

The average man in the United States, meanwhile, is 5-foot-9 with a weight of approximately 197 pounds.

So how would it feel like if the average US male got punched by Wilder?

One man who doesn't want to find out is Fury's UK promoter Frank Warren, who recently told Business Insider: "Please, God … let's hope he doesn't do that! I wouldn't want to find out. The way he punches, it's like a mule kickin' ya. He's a huge puncher and a powerful man."

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Deontay Wilder llega al MGM Grand antes de su pelea por el título de peso completo de la OMB contra el británico Tyson Fury, el martes 18 de febrero de 2020, en Las Vegas. (AP Foto/Isaac Brekken)
Deontay Wilder celebrates after defeating Luis Ortiz in the WBC heavyweight title boxing match Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
American professional boxer Deontay Wilder visits Fitzroy Lodge Gym in South London to give a motivational talk to young boxers encouraging them to reach their potential in the boxing ring rather than crime. JULY 26th 2019 Credit: Matrix / MediaPunch /IPX
Boxer Deontay Wilder sits ringside before the IBF welterweight boxing bout between Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
File - In this Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 file photo, WBC heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder poses for a portrait at Skyy Boxing Gym in Northport, Ala. Wilder is scheduled to fight boxer Tyson Fury on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2018 file photo Tyson Fury, left, and Deontay Wilder face off during a news conference in New York ahead of their heavyweight world championship boxing match in Los Angeles on Dec. 1. Just how well Wilder's heavyweight title defense against Tyson Fury in Los Angeles will do at the box office on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 is a question mark. For all the power in his right hand, Wilder is still trying to build his brand and Fury is largely an enigma in the U.S. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)
Deontay Wilder arrives for a boxing news conference, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in New York. Wilder is slated to square off against Tyson Fury in a world heavyweight title showdown in Los Angeles on Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
FILE - In this April 29, 2018, file photo, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder speaks at a press conference in Talladega, Ala. Wilder is on a business trip this weekend in Belfast. He’ll be ringside as a TV commentator for Saturday’s fight between Tyson Fury and Francesco Pianeta. But even Wilder has something riding on the outcome of this matchup. If Fury wins, Wilder plans to challenge Fury to a fight they’ve already discussed _ right then and there. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
FILE - In this March 3, 2018, file photo, Deontay Wilder poses for photographs after the WBC heavyweight champion defeated Luis Ortiz in New York. Wilder is slated to defend his title May 18, 2019, at Barclays Center in New York, against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
Deontay Wilder, left, hits Luis Ortiz with a left during the first round of the WBC heavyweight championship bout Saturday, March 3, 2018, in New York. Wilder won in the 10th round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Deontay Wilder paces the ring before a boxing bout against Bermane Stiverne, for the WBC heavyweight title, New York. Wilder has big plans. They don't particularly include Luis Ortiz, against whom Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2017, file photo, boxer Deontay Wilder raises his glove before his heavyweight title fight against Gerald Washington in Birmingham, Ala. Undefeated heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz are scheduled to fight at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in New York on Nov. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Albert Cesare, File)
Deontay Wilder, left, fights Artur Szpilka, of Poland, during the eighth round of a WBC heavyweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Undefeated WBC heavyweight world boxing champion Deontay Wilder strikes a pose during his weigh-in at Barclays Center, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Wilder will make his third title defense against Polish contender Artur Szpilka on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Barclays Center. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The one man who knows exactly how hard Wilder can hit, perhaps more so than any opponent, is the fighter's long-time trainer Jay Deas, who told us: "It would not be good."

Deas said you'd end up on the floor, obviously.

He even said that he takes phone calls from people who want to find out what a Wilder punch feels like.

"We have people who actually call us and write us and say, 'I just wanna get hit.' You know? 'I'll sign whatever release, I just wanna say I got hit.' And I'm like, nope. No, no, no … we can't do that. You think you want that, but you don't want that.

"A professional heavyweight rolls with the shots and this takes some of the steam off the shots. So what may look like a great connecting blow, in fact, isn't, because you've turned [your head] a little bit at the last fraction of a second.

"And even the guys who get hit clean, generally speaking, would have taken a little bit off the shot. A normal person doesn't have that experience or ability and they'd just take it flush, and that would be a horrible thing."

So, the average person would just be knocked to the floor in an instant, concussed? "Oh yeah, it would not be good."

Deas said he was once hit flush on the arm by Wilder during a training session. "It left a bruise the size of a volleyball," he said. "So I can attest to that, and that was with an 18 or 20-ounce glove.

"You just don't want to get hit. Your life is much better if you do not get hit by him!"


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