Tyson Fury has been praised for raising twice against Deontay Wilder, by a sparring partner who opened up about how hard he hits.
American Jim Torney spent two weeks at Wilder’s Alabama training camp to help prepare for the trilogy.
The Torney matches the Gypsy King’s 6 feet 9 inches and 19-stone frame perfectly, so was a perfect sparring partner.
But it came at the cost of realizing the tremendous power of Wilder’s punches, who has scored 41 knockouts in 42 wins with a 91 percent stoppage ratio.
Torney, 34, told SunSport: “Their power is the real deal! You don’t know until you get there.
“I – in a weird way – was excited because you really want to have that kind of notch on your belt to say you’ve been with Deontay Wilder.
“His power is second to none, I’ve never been hit like this before. His power is the real deal, but I was surprised by a few other things as well.”
The wielder has a reach of 83 inches, and uses every bit of it to launch devastating attacks.
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Torney said: “I was really surprised by his length. As many people I fight with, even the nobility, didn’t last as long.
“So he’s really tall, he uses it really well, he’s got a wide stance, he puts his lead jab hand in there, he’s screaming.
“I found his length amazing and his speed too, he’s a warrior, he maintains the pace. He does the job really well, and again, his power speaks for itself.”
Wilder’s reach and speed are what help him produce brutal knockouts, already gifted with formidable punch power.
Torney explained: “I’ve been there with a few other hard-hitters.
“But Wilder was also very quick, he covers that distance and he releases his right hand really fast.
“Many times I got caught up in it and didn’t see it coming. There’s the initial surprise and then the power that comes with it.”
His power is second to none, I have never been hit like this before. His power is the real deal.
Deontay Wilder’s sparring partner Jim Torne
Wilder, 35, floored Fury, 33, twice in his 2018 original, but when neither was enough to close the show, he was stunned as it ended a draw.
He was heavily defeated in a rematch last year, but recently knocked down his British rival twice in a thrilling trilogy decider.
And Fury got into round four both times, the latter scoring a total of three knockdowns after winning the 11th.
Torney said: “It’s surprising, but the fact that he was able to do so in the first fight didn’t make it a complete shock that he was able to get up.
“But, say for example the first knockdown it was like a delayed response by Fury, that I was kind of laughing.
“Because was killed by Wilder, it’s almost as if you could tell Fury that he was shaken and was trying to stay up, but his body wouldn’t allow that.
“For me, I was dodging myself because it’s not surprising to see when you’ve hit Wilder.
“It’s such a fast, powerful punch, and it sets in two seconds later when Fury goes down.
“But you know what Fury is made of, he’s proven himself in the past and you know, like he said, if he can rise, he’s gonna rise.
“So until you can f*** him out, as he says, he’ll keep getting up.
“But when you can do it against Wilder, it’s even more impressive.”