The heavyweight title defense for Deontay Wilder was more about making a statement to the rest of the division than his actual match against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale.
The main event in front of a pro-Wilder crowd at the Barclays Center that had a build-up which involved Wilder threatening to leave a man murdered in the ring was shrouded in controversy. He did however come thru on his promise of annihilation at 2:17 of the first and only round of this contest as a dangerous right hand from Wilder put Breazeale on the deck. A right that has sent so many other challengers to the canvas in his other 41 professional fights.
The match while brief was a different change of pace for Wilder as he established the jab on Breazeale and even went to the body in the contest. This is something he normally doesn’t do and was pointed early in the broadcast.
Wilder was in control of this one early and after the knockout victory retains his WBC Heavyweight title.
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“I know we say somethings that we mean sometimes and then we get into a fight and settle your difference as men and you hold these gloves up. That’s what it’s all about.” Wilder said after to the fight.
He did go over to Breazeale’s corner and gave him a hug post fight after Breazeale was upright and back to his senses.
“Good things come to those who wait” he chimed in regards to a potential fight with Joshua and/or Fury.
That of course was mentioned before they hinted at a possible rematch of Wilder versus Luis Ortiz.
Wilder also stated he may have hyperextended his arm during the fight but he stated that he was a “warrior” and “a true king” and will be fine.
Wilder after this contest improves his record to 41-0-1 while Breazale falls to 20-2.
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