Deontay Wilder knocked out Dominic Breazeale in the very first round at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The win was Wilder’s ninth successful defense of his WBC heavyweight title.
Wilder vs. Breazeale – Fight Recap
The fight started out with both men being fairly patient. Wilder landed the first significant punch of the fight, a glancing right hand that seemed to get Breazeale’s attention. Wilder would go on to land a few more shots before finally buzzing the challenger, sending him back to the ropes. Despite being in serious trouble, Breazeale was able to momentarily stun Wilder with a couple of right hands of his own to stop the champion’s onslaught, resulting in a clinch.
The fight would continue, with the fighters ending up in another clinch. After referee Harvey Dock separated the fighters, Wilder would then land a clean, hard right hand right on the button just as Breazeale appeared to open up to throw a punch of his own. Breazeale went down immediately and did not make it up in time to beat the count. The official result was a first round KO victory for Wilder.
I am not surprised at all with the outcome of the fight. Deontay Wilder is probably the hardest puncher in the entire world, and Dominic Breazeale was right there to be hit for basically the entire fight. Wilder’s speed allowed him to land punches faster than Breazeale could react, and because the challenger was not really covering the left side of his head (and not throwing much to keep Wilder occupied), it was only a matter of time.
Wilder said after the fight that he believes huge fights with Tyson Fury (a rematch of their December 2018 draw) and WBA “super”/WBO/IBF champion Anthony Joshua will happen and that negotiations are underway with both opponents’ teams.
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Tyson Fury is fighting Tom Schwarz on June 15th. Should he win, he is a possible opponent for Wilder later this year. Anthony Joshua will face Andy Ruiz on June 1st. The potential fight with Joshua is seen as one of the biggest fights (if not THE biggest) that can be made in boxing.
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