NEW York — Deontay Wilder believes they are coming, the mega matchup with Anthony Joshua and the replay with Tyson Fury.
Until then, he affected onto some business with Dominic Breazeale.
He took care of it quickly and unquestionably.
Wilder got back into the win column Saturday night, knock out Breazeale with an overwhelming right hand in the first round to defend his heavyweight title.
“There’s been a lot of animosity and a lot of words that were aforementioned and it just came out of me tonight,” Wilder aforementioned.
Wilder hurt Breazeale with a right to the head early in their fight at Barclays Center, but the rival had recovered from that early onslaught. But there was no coming back from the right later in the round that instantly born Breazeale, who was trying to get up as referee Harvey Dock counted him out at 2:17 of the round.
“When I hit him with the right hand the first time, his body language changed,” Wilder aforementioned.
And with the last one, Breazeale’s body language bent.
Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) was coming off his draw once once against Fury in December, the first fight of his pro career that wasn’t a triumph. He wanted a replay with Fury or a unification match with fellow champion Joshua, but settled for a mandatory defense of his WBC title when those couldn’t be made.
He complete it quickly, finishing off Breazeale (20-2) after being pushed hard in each of his last two fights.
Wilder weighed in at a little more than 223 pounds, a gain from the 209 he was at for the Fury fight, but still well below the 245 he set as a goal after feeling he was too small in that bout, in which he born Fury with a huge combination in the twelfth round but had to settle for the draw when the rival was able to get up and finish the fight.
An immediate replay was expected before Fury surprisingly went some other route.
“I understand what Tyson Fury did. When you get born on the canvas like that, I understand you have to get yourself back together,” Wilder aforementioned. “But the replay will happen, like all these other fights will happen. The great thing is all these fights are in discussion. The big fights will happen.”
And Wilder won’t need any more pounds as long as he still has one of the most feared right hands in boxing.
Breazeale had downplayed Wilder’s power, expression heavyweights are supposed to hit hard. But he should certainly be a believer now.
He was challenging for a heavyweight title for the second time, having been stopped-up by Joshua in the seventh round three years ago in United Kingdom. He aforementioned he had learned and adult from that fight, but there’s nothing that could have prepared him for what faced in landing just two punches before 13,181 fans in Brooklyn.
“This was a situation where he landed the big right hand before I did,” Breazeale aforementioned. “I thought I was going to come on in the later rounds. I’ll be back and go for the heavyweight title once once again.”
Wilder and Joshua was the fight just about everyone in boxing would prefer to see, but so far it’s been all talk without seriously moving close to action.
Joshua will be making his U.S. debut at near Madison Square Garden on June 1, so possibly they could try once once again later to negotiate a bout.
Wilder easily put aside the disappointment of not fighting Joshua or Fury once once again because of his anger toward Breazeale over an affray involving family members at an Alabama building in 2017. He went as far as to tout his ability to kill a man in the ring, remarks for which WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman aforementioned would be addressed by the organization in a hearing.
Wilder was coming off tough tests in his last two bouts, getting rocked by Luis Ortiz in their March 2018 fight in this arena before stopping the Cuban in the tenth round, and needing a knockdown in the final round to secure the draw with Fury.
He looked like a picture of peace as he carried his young girl into the arena about three hours earlier, but was back to making his case as boxing’s baddest man once the fighting started.
In the other title fight on the card, Gary Russell Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) defcomplete his piece of the featherweight title when the referee stopped-up his bout with Kiko Martinez (39-9-2) late in the fifth round on the proposal of the ringside seat seat doctor because of a bad cut over the rival’s left eye.