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Sunday, 19 May 2019

Deontay Wilder Retains WBC Title After Knocks Out Dominic Breazeale In First Round

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American professional boxer, Deontay Wilder retained his WBC world heavyweight title after a sensational first-round knockout of his opponent Dominic Breazeale in the early hours of Sunday 19th May in New York, United State.


Wilder, 33, flattened his fellow American with 43 seconds of the opening round left - taking his record to 41 wins and a draw from 42 bouts.
Breazeale was on the ropes early on before finding a solid shot to respond to the champion.
But Wilder finished the fight moments later with a huge right hand.
After his victory, Wilder was approached by Cuba's Luis Ortiz in the ring - a man he beat in 2018 - but when asked about potential contests with British heavyweights Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, said "no doors are closed" and that such fights "are in discussion".
"All parties involved are talking," Wilder told Showtime. "There's too many people and opinions involved. It will take our teams to sit down, handle things, squash everything and get it done for the fans.
"The big fights will happen the way we all benefit. We risk our lives in here, so let us get our time to iron out our differences and you guys will know when it happens."
Breazeale, 33, left the ring without talking, fresh from a punch that left him sprawled on the canvas and unable to answer the count.
His counter-punch when cornered had briefly seen Wilder engage in a couple of grapples but, after a pause for breath, the champion followed a left-hand jab with a right to the jaw which was as accurate as it was destructive.
It was a 40th victory by knockout for Wilder and just a second career loss for Breazeale, following his 2016 defeat by Anthony Joshua.
Afterward, Wilder spoke warmly about his beaten rival, despite the pair clashing at a hotel two years ago and comments from the champion this week in which he again raised the prospect of an opponent dying in the ring.
"Everything came out of me tonight," Wilder told Showtime. "I know it's been a big build-up, a lot of animosity, chaos and hatred to one another, a lot of words said. It just came out tonight.
"This is what makes boxing great. When you have stuff to overcome.

    "I've told him I love him and I want to see him go home to his family. I know we say things we mean sometimes but when you get into a fight and settle your differences if you can then hug him and kiss him, I wish the world was like that, handle things with our hands and then live to see another day."

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