Deontay Wilder is trying to make his 10th defense of the WBC heavyweight crown when he fights against Louis Ortiz on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The "Bronze Suicide Bomber" made his way past the Cubans in March 2018 in a thrilling ten-round encounter that appeared and flowed in an angry night in Brooklyn.
Ortiz took care of Alabama, with a series of combinations in the eighth round after being on the canvas itself. However, Wilder tried to bring a sensational stop to accelerate the momentum and return the title.
Not for the first time in his professional career, the 34-year-old from Tuscaloosa appeared on the cards before his freakish power could change the course of the fight.
Against Arthur Spilka, Wilder missed 175 shots in their January 2016 game and knew after nine rounds that he was behind the cards. However, he delivered a counter-right hand as the medical team jumped out of places to tend to the Pole.
And in his incredible fight with Tyson Hughes 11 months ago, many felt like the "Gypsy King" to embellish the world and leave the Staples Center with the prestigious green and gold ribbon. But the right-to-left combination put Hurey in the final round and the result was a controversial decision to split.
Powerful boxing blows are perhaps the most studied, but least understood, phenomena in the sport. There is no secret to the success of bone crushing, nor is there a guaranteed formula.
Prior to the world title championship with Ortiz, TalkSPORT.com looked at more than what Wilder does such a cruel blow and why the heavyweight division is terrified of a "bronze bomber".
“That's why I got up 8 o'clock morning, "Wilder told AL.com. "I eat a good breakfast of pancakes, Polish sausages, mashed sausages and some good eggs.
"One morning I'll eat an egg McMuffins and it will spin all the time for breakfast.
"I went back to 11:30 am, eat a nice Alfredo chicken noodle with cobweb corn, maybe have a nice garlic bread with garlic right along with a protein shake. Next morning I'll have a protein shake with breakfast.
“2 pm will be a sandwich, you know, maybe ham and cheese, maybe tuna, with two boiled eggs.
"On 5 o'clock [meal] will consist of Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and green beans and I eat a lot of red potatoes; I eat a lot of pits.
"And then on 7:30 pm, I have a nice T-bone steak, a few more red potatoes, maybe we'll have squash there and some green beans.
“Every day is different, with different meals that come with it. But it sums it up the most.
“They just feed me food, I just eat it! My stomach can sometimes be so fat that I have to grip it for hours. I'm not a big eater! “
By his own admission, Deontai Wilder does not lift heavy weights and he does not work specifically on his speed.
"I give the power to everyone, period," says the champion. “And it's natural; I don't have to lift weight, period.
"I don't have to go to a weight room, I don't have to go to the gym and my athleticism, body frame, my build will be what it is.
"Ask the people around me. It is in vivid color. "
In addition to co-coach Jay Jay Deees and the 1984 Olympic gold medalist Mark Branland, Wilder instead works on pure technical ability.
After an incredible fight with Hughes, Wilder admitted that his training would focus on "getting back to basics".
"In essence, I was far from many things as a champion," he told The voice of boxing. "And as a fighter in general, with my style, with my height, there are a lot of things that keep me moving.
"After I won the title, slowly but surely things started to get worse. It wasn't until I had to do more things, but I felt like I was being challenged.
“You all have seen it; Come on in here and I'll just hit the mittens and the pair. That is it; no running, no air conditioning and stuff, no heavy bag, no speed bag, no jumper, nothing!
"But that's all I've done so far – hitting myths and spam."
His work in the Sky Boxing Hall since October 2005 saw countless opponents and coaches left in agony. In an interview with The Guardian before the sensational destruction of Wilder's first round by Dominic Breisail, Deas revealed how he wanted to train hitters as fierce as his protege.
"I have three booklets," he said. “He needs three myths. It will never last very long. "
"You were born to a great extent [power], "he added." You can improve power by about 10 percent through air conditioning and technique, so you can get a guy who's hit nothing and make him at least respectable, and you can get a guy who's pretty good shaking and to make 10% better lightning.
"But the best I've seen someone improve is about 10%."
It's a little-known secret Wilder is an authorized diver.
It's one way to work up an appetite and eat all the red potatoes.
"Not only am I dangerous on earth, but I am also dangerous on earth [ocean], "he said.
"I can travel around the world and dive.
"It's my great hobby, I love it."
Before winning the bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Wilder competed as an amateur in the 91kg (201lb) category.
In 2007, he withdrew a series of shock results to win the National Gold Gloves and the US Championship. For the following year, he competed in the same weight.
When it finally turned professional in November 2008, the Bronze Bomber stayed at about 220lb (99.7kg), while collecting victory after victory.
However, for Ortiz's first fight, Wilder weighed in at 214lb and then 212.5 pounds to fight Hughes – his lowest since turning professional in 2008.
The American has a classic ectomorphic body shape; tall, with light chest and weak muscle. However, he wants to send a clear message to the rest of the heavyweight by accumulating even more mass.
"My goal was always to be 245kg," Wilder said after a draw with Jury. "That's always been my goal. But someone will get hurt.
"If the weight carries a big man, and I already had the power and speed, someone will get hurt. So if people want to see me weigh and someone get hurt, then so.
"But you never want to see anyone like Adonis Stephenson. I always think about it and tell people all the time – we risk our lives in the ring. We risk our lives.
"And I know I have the power to hurt someone – everybody."
For the fight against Brazil in May, Wilder was 223.25 pounds (101 kg). His toughest career was against Eric Molina when he weighed in at 229 pounds to stop Eric Molina in 2015.
Whatever the rematch with Ortiz, the "bronze suicide bomber" will always pack a punch.