It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it. A hired gun for sparring parter duties these days, former heavyweight prospect Richard Towers, all 6’8” of him, has, as the saying goes, sparred ’em all. Towers’ services have, over the years, been employed by both Klitschko brothers, by Tyson Fury (who Towers was once close to fighting for real), by Anthony Joshua and by Deontay Wilder.
And when it comes to who hits hardest, Towers says one man stands head and shoulders above the rest of the heavyweight pack: Wilder. Speaking with British tabloid The Sun, Towers broke down Wilder’s frightening punching power and rated it against his potential rivals.
“I’ve sparred with every single heavyweight you could think of, apart from (former WBO champ) Joseph Parker,” Towers revealed. “And I know when it comes to power Deontay Wilder is in a league of his own. Put it this way: he hits four times harder than Vitali Klitschko, he hits five times harder than Wladimir Klitschko, he hits six times harder than Anthony Joshua and he hits eight times harder than Tyson Fury.”
Of course there is more to winning a fight than just punching power, but almost everyone agrees that, despite his flaws, the reigning WBC heavyweight king has lethal fight-ending power at his disposal – the kind of raw power than has gotten Wilder out of jail in a fight before and likely will do so again. Recently, esteemed trainer Naazim Richardson said that Wilder “might be the hardest heavyweight puncher in history.” What we need now is for the rival champions to get in there and test their skill and power with Wilder’s skill and power.
Next up for that task will likely be Fury. And Towers says the time is all wrong for Fury to be messing with “The Bronze Bomber.”
“There’s no disrespect to Tyson because I really appreciate him and what he does. We sparred on and off for two years and he was great, but I have to be honest, this is the wrong fight to take right now, it really is,” Towers said. “Tyson has just come back on the scene and although he is a grafter this isn’t the ideal time for him to fight Wilder. He is moving okay against easy opposition, but he has got a big body and a big head to move out of the way for 12-rounds against Wilder. That’s no easy task.”
No easy task at all, in fact a task no man has yet managed and won. Towers, who says Wilder carries “a type of power I’ve never felt from any other heavyweight,” added how it is basically a matter of time before any man who faces Wilder gets hit – and hit hard. How impressed will fans be if Wilder manages to make the unbeaten Fury his 40th KO victim?