Majority of boxing fans had Deonte Wilder (42-0-1, 40 KOs) easily taking the win over Dominic Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs), but I don’t think anybody could’ve imagined the damage Wilder was going to cause so early on.
Wilder and Breazeale both said all the right things leading up to their Saturday night fight but in the ring, it was Wilder’s right hand which had the last word adding another powerful finish to his boxing record with a brutal one-punch knockout at 2:17 of Round 1.
With this win, Wilder has made his ninth defense of the WBC title he originally obtained in 2015 against Johann Duhaupas.
The week leading up to the fight was filled with controversy after Wilder threatened Breazeale’s life inside the ring saying he hoped to one day add a dead body to his record and advising Breazeale to have his family make funeral arrangements.
Once the fight was over, the animosity seemed to dissipate as they hugged it out. “I just told Breazeale I love him and of course I want to see him go home to his family,” Wilder said. “I know we say some things but when you can fight a man and then you can hug him and kiss him, I wish the world was like that. We shake hands and we live to see another day and that’s what it’s all about.”
Wilder who was initially in negotiations to face Tyson Fury in a rematch that the fans have been requesting, has now seen it stalled since the England native signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank taking his services exclusively to ESPN.
“I understand what Tyson Fury did,” Wilder said. “When you get dropped on the canvas like that I understand you have to get yourself back together. But the rematch will happen like all these other fights will happen. The great thing is all these fights are in discussion. The big fights will happen. I just want you to have patience.
“You know what the saying is, good things come to those who wait.”