Deontay Wilder Sends Statement to Heavyweight Division, Bombs Out Stiverne in One
Published: November 05, 2017
BROOKLYN, NY – Tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder sent a statement to the heavyweight division. Wilder was able to score one of the most important and most impressive victories of his career by stopping Bermane Stiverne in the first round in a rematch. Stiverne was able to go the distance with Wilder when they first met in January 2015. The rematch told a different story, as Wilder wasted no time taking out Stiverne dropping him three times before the referee was forced to stop the fight.
Wilder will now look forward to unifying the heavyweight titles with the other champions in the division. Fight fans are looking forward to a unification fight with U.K. puncher and unified WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
The main supporting undercard bout featured top welterweight Shawn “Showtime” Porter taking on the always tough Adrian Granados. The fight was filled with back and forth action from the start with Porter having an advantage landing the cleaner and harder punches. Granados, a Chicago native, never backed down and always had something to fire back at Porter after every exchange. There were moments in the bout where it seemed that Porter was starting to wear down Granados. However, by the championship rounds, it was Granados who was pushing Porter back. Porter hurt his left hand during an exchange forcing him to put his offense on layaway in the final rounds.
The judges scored the bout in favor of Porter via unanimous decision with scores of 117-111 from all three judges. With the victory, Porter keeps his number one contender status for the WBC welterweight title that is currently held by unified welterweight champion, Keith “One Time” Thurman. Plenty of options await the Ohio native, with potential fights with Thurman, Danny Garcia and Errol Spence awaiting him.
Granados will be forced to wait his turn to possibly be brought back as an opponent for another better-known fighter. Granados’ stature in the sport will not go down as a result of a loss to Porter. With Terence Crawford officially making his move to the welterweight division there is an opportunity for Granados to challenge for a world title at 140-pounds.
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