Deontay Wilder Knocks Out Dominic Breazeale In First Round To Defend Title

Tanya Simon
May 21, 2019

Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion, took care of business swiftly this evening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, knocking out Dominic Breazeale with a vicious right in the first round.

A second fight with Briton Fury has been anticipated since their first meeting in December, when Wilder retained his WBC belt with an enthralling draw in Los Angeles. The biggest fight in the sport would be Wilder against three-belt titleholder Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), the British star who is due to make his United States debut against Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1 at Madison Square Garden in NY.

Wilder also believes a rematch with Fury is on the cards.

Fury was fast to react to Wilder's victory yesterday.

"There's been a lot of animosity and a lot of words that were said and it just came out of me tonight", Wilder said. "I got that prediction quite correct", Fury said.

Wilder made sure to end it quickly in NY, finishing off Breazeale (20-2) after being pushed hard in each of his last two fights. "At the end of the day, it's up to Anthony Joshua". It will happen, I'll just cut to the chase. Anthony Joshua, you'll get it as well. "If that date is open for me, you might well see Deontay Wilder there".

Wilder's 20th first round knockout came after a rapid start to the bout in NY, the champion throwing an early right to set the tempo.

"I think it will happen", he admitted.

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"I don't want this to be a (Lennox) Lewis and (Riddick) Bowe situation". This heavyweight division is so lit right now, it's on fire. "The great thing about it is, all these fights are being discussed". 'These fights will happen, ' insists Wilder. There's too many people involved, too many opinions involved right now.

"The big fight will happen, I promise you that, with patience, come time, and I just want you guys to have patience and give us a little time to make this thing happen so we all benefit from it, not only just you fans", he said.

Theres indeed bad blood between the two, emanating from a scuffle in Alabama in 20017, after which both fighters reportedly made death threats at each other.

Wilder got Breazeale to back off when they started the fight in a bid to find his balance and then launched the rocket punch on the fellow American to remain undefeated after 42 fights. The two camps clashed in public multiple times in January 2017, when Breazeale fought Izuagbe Ugonoh on the undercard of Wilder's bout with Gerald Washington at Birmingham's Legacy Arena.

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In Glasgow, Josh Taylor dropped Ivan Baranchyk twice in the sixth round en route to winning a unanimous points decision to claim the International Boxing Federation super-lightweight title in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final.

In the other title fight on the card, Gary Russell Jr.

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