Deontay Wilder defended his heavyweight title for the ninth straight time, by knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round!
Wilder and Breazeale clashed last night at Barclays Center in New York, in what was a long-expected battle between the two guys who had a lot of bad blood in the past.
The fans were hoping to see an interesting fight, which would be remembered for a long time. Instead, they witnessed one of the best knockouts ever, which sent Breazeale on the canvas, and severely damaged his reputation. The fight lasted for only 2:17.
It was a one-two direct which stunned Breazeale and get the crowd on their feet. In those two minutes which preceded the knockout, Wilder was better, and he already landed a few punches which shook the challenger.
Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) now has 95.2 percent of the knockout rate. He is considered to be one of the hardest punchers ever, and is now in place six on the all-time list of title defenses.
Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs) suffered his second loss. The first one was in 2016 against Anthony Joshua, who holds the remaining three belts in the heavyweight category.
The clash between Joshua and Wilder is still not in the plans of either of these two fighters, as they can’t agree upon the terms of the match. Wilder wants to split the profits evenly, while Joshua declines that kind of an offer suggesting that he holds more belts than the American.
Wilder also has another option, and that is a fight with Tyson Fury who is back in the ring after a two-year absence. The two already had a spectacular match on December 1st, 2018, which ended in a tie, but with Wilder keeping his title.
Fury himself publicly calls out Joshua and wants to meet him also, saying that he is the only real ruler of the heavyweight category.
These two guys had some sort of a verbal agreement for a rematch, but Fury changed that. According to several experts, he decided to fight Tom Schwarz in order to prepare himself for the upcoming battles. Fury had seen that he lacks fights and will not risk of losing against Wilder or Joshua because of that.
In the meantime, Wilder will probably have another event with Luis Ortiz, whom he already knocked out once, or with Polish fighter Adam Kownacki.