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Wilder at heart: The tallest tales about the heavyweight champ

At 6-foot-7, Deontay Wilder is tall -- and so are the many tales about him. Here are nine of the strangest (but true!) stories about the undefeated heavyweight world titleholder.

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    Wilder, Fury spark fireworks before final presser

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    Wilder suggests that Fury should try standup comedy

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    What do Fury and Wilder need to do to win?

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    Wilder sends a message to his haters

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    THE 3 KNOCKDOWN RULE

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      Why Fury wants to go for the early knockout

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      Fury reacts hilariously to Wilder's grand arrival

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      Wilder: I have no regrets about 'body on my record' comments

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      Fury vs Wilder II: Real Time - Episode 1

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      GARCIA-FONSECA

      Ryan Garcia shows he has the goods to be a linchpin in loaded lightweight division

      In a division that's packed with young talent, Ryan Garcia is proving that he has the tools and the popularity to be at the head of the 135-pound weight class.

      Garcia rocks Fonseca with devastating KO in 1st

      In a dazzling display of timing and power, Ryan Garcia crushed Francisco Fonseca with a blazing counter left hook to score a first-round knockout Friday night at the Honda Center.

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      Garcia KOs Fonseca in the first round

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      WILDER-FURY II

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      Wilder calls Fury skillful, Joshua a coward and Whyte a liar

      Heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder talks about the rematch with Tyson Fury, the top heavyweights, PEDs and his Hollywood aspirations.

      Flashback: Wilder drops Fury with vicious combination

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      WILDER-FURY

      Fury: I'm taking Wilder out in two rounds

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      Wilder: I might pull a WWE move on Fury

      Deontay Wilder says he wants to knock out Tyson Fury and possibly throw him out of the ring since he has been crossing over into WWE.

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      Wilder-Fury 2

      How will the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch go?

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      Who has the upper hand in Wilder-Fury rematch?

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      Fury explains motivation for changing trainers

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      TYSON VS. DOUGLAS

      The day James "Buster" Douglas shook the world

      Buster Douglas's KO of Mike Tyson on Feb. 11, 1990, still resonates all these years later with those who remember it.

      Douglas explains his motivation to dethrone Tyson

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      With limited options, Gary Russell Jr.'s outstanding talent is going to waste

      What's next for Gary Russell Jr.? Moving up in weight could bring some good competition for the featherweight world titleholder.

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      Boxer stages press conference with cardboard cutout of opponent

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      DEONTAY WILDER

      Wilder was excited when Fury got back up in their first fight

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      WILDER-FURY II

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      Bradley: Fury could still be impacted by Wilder's punch

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      Le Batard not impressed with Stephen A.'s boxing form

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      Ranking the best boxers by age: 31 to 40-plus

      From Vasiliy Lomachenko to Manny Pacquiao, Steve Kim picks the best fighters from 31 to 40 and over.

      Ranking the best boxers by age: 20 to 30

      Who are the best fighters in their age group? Dan Rafael picks the best from 20 to 30.

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