- There is a debate about where Deontay Wilder ranks in the pantheon of boxing’s great punchers.
- For the UFC commentator Joe Rogan, Wilder is “the most impressive.”
- The American recently finished Robert Helenius. Rogan said Wilder has “the touch of death.”
UFC commentator and podcaster Joe Rogan marveled at heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder‘s ability to separate opponents from their senses, calling the American’s right hand “the touch of death” in a recent Instagram post.
Wilder finished his Finnish opponent Robert Helenius with ease Saturday when he landed a short and crisp right hand in the very first round.
It was only his third landed punch of the night but it was all that was needed to re-establish himself as America’s leading heavyweight, and a viable contender in the division despite back-to-back defeats to Tyson Fury.
There is an ongoing discussion about where, exactly, Wilder ranks when it comes to the heaviest hitters in boxing history.
For Rogan, Wilder is “the most impressive.”
Wilder has ‘the touch of death’
He said: “It’s absolutely fucking amazing the power that [Wilder] can generate. He’s truly unlike anyone I’ve ever seen in the history of the heavyweight division. You can make no mistakes with this man.
“There have been many incredible KO artists in the history of boxing, but for my money, he’s the most impressive.”
When analyzing Wilder’s knockout win over Helenius, Rogan added: “If you look at this punch it wasn’t even with full leverage and his opponent instantly shuts off. It’s what the great [MMA coach] Firas Zahabi calls ‘the touch of death’.”
Wilder and his coach Malik Scott cried after the thumping knockout
Wilder cried in front of reporters after his violent win, as he referenced 30-year-old former combat athlete Prichard Colon, who suffered a brain injury in his last match, to Terrel Williams in 2015, and has remained in a vegetative state ever since.
“We’ve saw what can happen — look at Prichard Colon,” Wilder said. “Y’all don’t understand what we fucking go through, man. I don’t need to even know him like that.
“This man won’t know what it’ll feel like to be somebody’s father – that’s one of the most precious things in the world,” Wilder added while hitting the table in front of him, and appearing to cry. “But he’ll never be no one’s father, man.”
Wilder wasn’t the only one who broke down at the post-fight presser.
“I’m so proud of him,” Wilder’s coach Malik Scott said, before needing to break because his voice started to quiver.
“I’m so happy you got that done, brother,” Scott told Wilder, before readdressing the media conference. “It just feels good to see someone you love so much [win],” said Scott.
It is unclear when Wilder will return to the ring.