Deontay Wilder Stops Dominic Breazeale in the First Round
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: May 20, 2019
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in front of a crowd 13,181 fans, Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) made the ninth successful defense of his World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight title in scoring an emphatic first-round knockout over Dominic Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs).
Before the fight, there was some personal pre-fight animosity between the two fighters stemming from an incident in Las Vegas. Wilder even talked about killing Breazeale in the ring should the opportunity arise.
This could have just been part of the promotion that Wilder used for the match; however, the hatred between the two pugilists seems genuine.
When the first bell rang, the two men started cautiously measuring each other for distance. Wilder began to immediately find success with the right hand after Breazeale landed a right of his own.
Many can point to the technical deficiencies of Wilder, but when you have the power that he possesses, sometimes it doesn’t matter.
At about the halfway point of the first round, Wilder landed a perfectly timed right hand on the temple of Breazeale’s head sending him down to the canvas in brutal fashion. Breazeale by some miracle made it back to his feet right at the referee’s ten count.
Breazeale was in no condition to the continue leaving the referee Harvey Dock with the easy decision to put a stop to the fight. The match was stopped at the 2:17 mark of the first round.
The knockout over Breazeale was a cathartic statement by Wilder who was coming off of the most controversial bout of his career last December when he fought to a draw against Tyson Fury.
Breazeale is a common opponent with Wilder’s most significant rival in WBA/WBO/IBF Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. Joshua was able to stop Breazeale in the seventh round in the summer of 2016.
While a rematch against Fury will suffice boxing fans as an appetizer, the drums continue to only grow louder for a potential Wilder-Joshua showdown.
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