Following a controversial draw with Tyson Fury in his last outing, reigning WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder returned to action with authority last Saturday night.
Just when everyone thought that Fury vs Wilder II is next, both fighters decided to go in different directions as the former signed a multi-million deal with ESPN while the latter was booked to take on Dominic Breazeale for his next title-retention bid.
Wilder, who remains undefeated in 41 fights, has defended his heavyweight belt eight straight times since winning it in 2015.
Breazeale, who earned his title shot after three straight wins including two finishes against Carlos Negron and Izu Ugunoh, also remained unscathed in 20 outings.
Last Saturday night, the heavyweight pair met at the Barclays Center in New York City.
It was not the AJ-Wilder type of dream fight the boxing world has been waiting for, but the American champion put his weight class in the spotlight once again.
Wow. A truly devastating right hand.
Deontay Wilder needed 137 seconds to beat Dominic Breazeale.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) May 19, 2019
Wilder Went For Wild Finish
Wilder was, of course, the clear favourite to win the Saturday match-up.
Though many were disappointed with the outcome of his previous fight, the “Bronze Bomber” made sure this time he will get it done.
It only took Wilder 137 seconds to secure the win as he brutally finished Breazeale in the first round for his 20th opening round knockout in his entire career.
The WBC heavyweight champion is known for his mighty right hand, and this strength really came to play against Breazeale.
Check out Wilder’s savage KO of Breazeale in the video below:
DEONTAY WILDER is a bad man 💀 pic.twitter.com/0GiK8r7Z7D
— Champs Sports (@champssports) May 19, 2019
In case you are not entertained by the footage above, here are slow-mo videos of Wilder punching Breazeale’s soul out of his body.
This angle of the Wilder knockout is insane pic.twitter.com/JZW4qlfDpB
— State of Combat Podcast (@StateofCombat) May 19, 2019
— Coach June (@CatoJune) May 19, 2019
This one is a bird’s eye view of the knockout, and you can still feel Wilder’s power here.
What. A. Punch. pic.twitter.com/A63eF4JPXF
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) May 19, 2019
And finally, enjoy this video of the finish taken from a mobile phone, and it will still bring you in awe.
Is Joshua Vs Wilder Next?
After this stellar performance from Wilder, boxing fans have renewed their calls for a super fight featuring the American against the unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.
According to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, the unification bout should happen next without excuses.
“That was an impressive win for Deontay – he’s exciting to watch,” Hearn stated via Sky Sports.
“He has taken care of business, now AJ needs to do the same against Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square Garden on June 1.”
“The fight with AJ and Wilder is the biggest fight in the sport, all being well in two weeks’ time, it must happen next – no excuses, this is the fight that will change the sport globally.”
“It’s a legacy fight and AJ wants it so bad. Two big, fast, dangerous and fearless world heavyweight world champions that can turn the lights out in a blink of the eye – it’s a must.”
“First things first, taking care of business on his American debut on June 1 and sending a message straight back.”
“The big fight will happen, I promise you that.”
Deontay Wilder has had 42 professional bouts.
He's now stopped 20 of his opponents in the first round.
— bet365 (@bet365) May 19, 2019
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