DEONTAY WILDER has been hailed by Tyson Fury for having a chin as tough as his fighting spirit.
But fellow heavyweight star Dillian Whyte has claimed he watched the Bronze Bomber get knocked out cold during a sparring session with Wladimir Klitschko.
Whyte used to be a training partner for former champion Klistchko in 2014.
Wilder was too, and Whyte says the American was once left 'twitching' on the canvas following a practice bout.
In an interview in 2021, the Brit claimed that he got beaten up by the Ukrainian legend.
Whyte told Sky Sports: "I've seen him getting knocked out, Wladimir knocked him out.
"He knew what happened. He had his hands up. He was roughing Wlad up, bringing the smoke, and he was going wild.
"Wlad backs up, changes his footwork, feinting, feinting, jabs to the body, throws that feint jab, left hook. Wilder had his hands up, he was gone.
"It wasn't no knockdown, he was knocked cold. Properly twitching as well.
"That's why they probably didn't want him to fight Wlad, because Wlad was going to fight him as a pro and Wilder never fancied it the whole time."
Whyte admitted after watching sparring partners get put down he went hell for leather with Klitschko – resulting in him being sent home from the camp.
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But he would return, and be joined by rival Anthony Joshua, who Whyte beat in the amateurs in 2009 before losing the rematch in the pro ranks six years later.
AJ was set to get in the ring with him again on August 12 2023, but Whyte failed a drugs test and he was replaced by Robert Helenius ahead of a seventh round KO win.
The two Londoners previously clashed in Klitschko’s camp, with the pair being split up before a fight outside the ropes broke out.
Whyte explained: "I wanted to punch Joshua up, at first, because he was talking a lot of smack.
"There was genuine annoyance there. Bashir [Ali] and a couple of guys stopped me getting at him and then it sort of got squashed. It was a bit edgy."
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