When he reigned as WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder was consistently pestered by comparisons to former champions.
Many critics played down Wilder’s title defences against lesser opposition and suggested he would not have lasted in the Mike Tyson era that preceded him.
Deontay Wilder held the WBC heavyweight title for five years between 2015-2020
On one day while doing an Instagram Live, Wilder exploded on the topic and ranted: “Half of y’all motherf*****s don’t know your history when it comes to this sport of boxing, let’s face it.
“You do not know your history, you do not know your facts, you don’t know s***. All you know is what you hear.
“We all like Tyson, of course. We love them all, I love them all, they did a great job.
“Everybody was scared of Mike Tyson, let’s face it, because of his aggression, the way he would say it, the things he would do.
Mike Tyson is the former undisputed heavyweight world champion
“He would be a goddamn psycho, he was nuts, so of course if a person go crazy outside people are gonna get fearful of the person.
“But, if you go back, and I want somebody to answer this question for me, how many Hall of Fame fighters did Mike Tyson actually fight?
“How many Hall of Fame fighters did Mike Tyson actually fight? Don’t bring up no Michael Spinks who came from light-heavyweight to heavyweight, that was terrified out of his motherf***ing boots.
“And don’t bring up Larry Holmes because we already know Larry was way past his prime, so how many of them?
“We gonna do all work today goddamn, I’mma take y’all motherf*****s to school because y’all don’t know nothing about what you’re talking about.”
Tyson, Lewis and Holyfield were the greats of their era
When someone left a comment saying it was just Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, Wilder continued: “Thank you, thank you. Only two my n***a.
“Only two, Holyfield beat him twice and Lennox beat him. Only two, so what the f*** y’all talking about?
“You go back and do your f***ing history. Everybody else was f***ing scared, no Hall of Famers. Only two, only two.
“So get the f*** out of here. When you come to me, do your facts and research.”