Deontay Wilder tried to make a tenth defense of his WBC heavyweight crown when he fought against Luis Ortiz on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
'Bronze Bomber' breaks through Cuba in March 2018 in a ten-round meeting that captivates which recedes and flows on a hot night in Brooklyn.
Ortiz greeted the native Alabama with a series of stinging combinations in the eighth round, after being on his own canvas. However, Wilder acted to produce a sensational stopping to swing the momentum and reclaim his title.
Not for the first time in his professional career, the 34-year-old from Tuscaloosa was struggling, before his strange strength succeeded in changing the direction of the fight.
Against Artur Szpilka, Wilder missed 175 strokes in their January 2016 battle and knew that after nine rounds he was behind the cards. However, he gave a right-hand counter that saw the ringside medical team jump from the chair to incline to the Pole.
And in his extraordinary struggle with Tyson Fury 11 months ago, many felt as though the 'King of Gyspy' be on track to surprise the world and leave the Staples Center with a prestigious green and gold rope. But the right-left combination made Fury fail in the final round and the result was the result of a controversial decision.
Beating force in boxing is perhaps the most studied phenomenon, but it is the least understood in sports. There is no secret to successfully eating away at bones, nor is there a guaranteed formula.
On the eve of his world rematch with Ortiz, talkSPORT.com has taken a closer look at what made Wilder such a ferocious burglary and why the heavyweight division is afraid of the 'Bronze Bomber'.
"So I woke up at 8 o'clocks in the morning, "Wilder told AL.com." I ate a good breakfast for me from pancakes, Polish sausage, patty sausage, and some good eggs.
"One morning I will eat egg McMuffins and it will spin all the time with breakfast.
"I'm back again 11:30 a.m., eat a delicious Alfredo chicken pasta with boiled corn, maybe there's a nice garlic bread baked along with a protein shake. I will also get a protein shake in the morning at breakfast.
"2 pm going to be a sandwich, you know, maybe ham and cheese, maybe tuna, with two boiled eggs.
"That 5 a.m. [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 sweet potatoes.
"And then 7:30 p.m.I have a nice T-Bone steak, some red potatoes, we might have squash there and some green beans.
"Every day is different, with different foods attached to it. But that mostly concludes.
"They only feed me food, I only eat it! My stomach is sometimes so fat that I have to rub it for hours. I'm not a big eater! "
By his own admission, Deontay Wilder did not lift heavy weights nor did he specifically work at his speed.
"I put my strength in anyone, period," said the champion. "And that's natural; I don't need to lift weights, period.
"I don't have to go to the weight room, I don't have to go to the gym and be athletic, my body, my body will be as it is.
"Ask the people around me. It's in the color of life."
Together with co-trainer Jay Deas and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Mark Breland, Wilder instead worked on purely technical abilities.
After an extraordinary fight with Fury, Wilder acknowledged his training would focus on 'returning to basics.'
"Basically I have escaped with many things as a champion," he said Boxing Sound. "And like a warrior in general, with my style, with my height, there are many things I can avoid.
"After I won my title, slowly but surely, everything started to go down. It was not at the point where I didn't need to do certain things anymore, but I felt like I would challenge myself.
"You have all seen it; I will come here and just hit the mitt and spar. There he is; no running, no air conditioning and stuff, no heavy bags, no speed bags, no jump rope, nothing!
"But that's all I've ever done – hitting gloves and sparring."
His work at the Skyy Boxing Gym since October 2005 has seen countless opponents, but also the coach left in pain. In an interview with The Guardian before the sensational first-round destruction of Dominic Breazeale from Wilder, Deas revealed how it felt to train a beater as ferocious as his protege.
"I have three gloves," he said. "He needs three men's gloves. Someone will not last long. "
"You were born with a very big title [power]"he added." You can increase power by about 10 percent through conditioning and technique, so you can take a man who doesn't hit and make him at least respectable, and you can take a very good man, and make him 10 percent more thumping well.
"But the best I've seen that has improved is around 10 percent."
Little secret Wilder knows is a certified scuba diver.
This is one way to arouse your appetite and eat all those red potatoes.
"I'm not only dangerous on the ground, but I'm also dangerous on …" [ocean]," she says.
"I can travel all over the world and dive.
"This is my hobby, I like it."
Before he won Bronze at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Wilder competed as an amateur in the 91kg (201lb) category.
In 2007, he performed a series of surprising results to win the National Gold Glove and the US Championship. For the following year, he competed with the same weight.
When he finally became a professional in November 2008, 'Bronze Bomber' remained around around 220 pounds (99.7kg) as he gathered victory after victory.
However, for the first fight against Ortiz, Wilder weighed 214lb and then 212.5lb for the fight against Fury – the lowest level since becoming a professional player in 2008.
Americans have the classic ectomorph body shape; tall, with a light body and lean muscles. However, he wanted to send a clear message to other members of the heavyweight group by gathering even more mass.
"My goal has always been £ 245," Wilder said after the draw with Fury. "That is my goal long ago. But someone will get hurt.
"If weight carries big male strength, and I already have strength and speed, someone will get hurt. So if people want to see me gain weight and someone gets hurt, so be it.
"But you never want to see someone like Adonis Stevenson. I always think about him and I 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 anyone – anyone."
For the fight against Breazeale in May, Wilder is 223.25 lb (101kg). His hardest career was against Eric Molina when he weighed 229 lb. to stop Eric Molina in 2015.
No matter how hard it is to rematch with Ortiz, 'Bronze Bronze' will always beat a punch.