Wilder Knocks Out Breazeale in First Round For The 10 Count & Other Results – Video Highlights
Brooklyn, NY (May 19th, 2019)– The World Boxing Council World Heavyweight title bout between champion Deontay Wilder and challenger Dominic Breazeale turned out to much ado about nothing, a one round massacre. Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Joe Louis would have approved. Wilder’s approach to the bout was like the song ‘Takin’ care of Business’.
Dominic Breazeale attempted to find Deontay Wilder from long range in the main event at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday night, May 18, 2019. Wilder used a snapping jab, and a power overhand right over Breazeale’s low left to knock out Breazeale out for the full count of ten at 2:17 of the first round. For Wilder, 41-0-1 with 40 knockouts, it was the ninth successful defense of Wilder’s World Boxing Council World Heavyweight title. Wilder closed the show on the Showtime telecast early. If you went for a cup of orange juice in the kitchen, much like the 58 second Ken Norton versus Duane Bobick heavyweight 1977 telecast from Madison Square Garden, you missed the entire Wilder-Breazeale fight.
“When you get into a fight and settle your differences as men, you can hug him and kiss and love him so much, I wish the world was like this, we can live to see another day,” noted Wilder. “Give us time to make it happen, and you guys will know when it happens,” stated Wilder in reference to a possible future rematch of his 12 round draw with Great Britain’s Tyson Fury. Cuban heavyweight Luis Ortiz, interviewed after this bout inside the ring, stated he had traveled from Miami looking for a rematch with Wilder, leaving the door open for Wilder-Ortiz II-if Wilder-Fury II is not on the table in the immediate future.
The Wilder versus Breazeale bout was noted for some hateful trash talk between the two heavyweights. In the final sequence, Breazeale punched Wilder behind the head, and was warned for the foul by referee Harvey Dock. Though nobody mentioned it, perhaps Wilder responded to the dirty tactic by immediately closing the show., ending Breazeale’s night.
This was NOT an evening of boxing entertainment. This was a demonstration of Wilder’s punching POWER. Wilder is neither a talented boxer, smart boxer, nor a scientific boxer. Wilder is the most powerful power hitter in the heavyweight boxing ring today. Breazeale starts bouts slowly. Wilder (like the old mongoose the late Archie Moore who could sum up his opponent in 30 seconds or less) analyzes his less talented titular opponents fast, in a minute or two. The Wilder versus Breazeale Showtime telecast did not offer Showtime Championship Boxing anything worth remembering other than the violent brutality of Wilder’s nasty knockout win, and the abrupt ending of the bout shortly after it began.
Wilder has the most dangerous right hand in boxing. Tonight, only his crazy and costume was interesting. The entire 147-second bout was not interesting. Wilder today appears to be an Earnie Shavers style early closer power hitter. In his scientific fight against Tyson Fury, Wilder knocked Fury down twice, but really did not win rounds against a talented boxer. How the Wilder-Fury 12 round world heavyweight title bout last year ended in a draw (I predicted the draw) is still a curiosity to me.
Only three names stand out in the heavyweight division now. The ‘big three’ are Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. All are undefeated world champions and are heavyweight super fighters, monsters of the ring. There are many heavyweight division rising wannabes. However, now of the other names of contenders, prospects, and faders rank with the top three heavyweight names right now. No other heavyweights in the division have the power. The undefeated interim WBA champion, Trevor Bryan, is not in the same league as the big three, but remains in the payday hunt. Breazeale, 20-2 with 18 knockouts, Eastvale, California, who was stopped by Wilder at O2 Arena in Greenwich, United Kingdom in the seventh round in 2016, has now been reduced to journeyman status.
For all intensive purposes, Breazeale’s aspiration to win a world heavyweight title is now over, and his one fight with new trainer Virgil Hunter was an embarrassing train wreck. Breazeale will be available as a name for rising prospects to fight for a few dollars. Like Seth Mitchell, who was knocked out in the first round by Chris Arreola several years ago, Breazeale has been exposed. Breazeale, who apparently had some differences with Wilder’s brother, actually did a decent job of hyping his animosity for the Wilder brothers in selling this fight. When push came to shove, Breazeale’s padded record proved he could not fight, and he could not be trained for a heavyweight step up super fight against a super fighter.
Ever since the more recent crowning of the so-called WBA Super champions, WBA Gold champions, WBC Diamond champions and WBC Fighter of the Decade champion, there have been various fighters with status above and beyond the category of a recognized major world champion (WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and Ring Magazine). Deontay Wilder has yet to see a fighter who can stand in front of him and go toe to toe with him with a solid chin. Against Fury, Wilder looked like a tiny guy loading up for a one punch knockout., Wilder can hit, but could he take it against a talented heavyweight puncher? For Joshua, Wilder and Fury, the departure of the Klitschko brothers from professional boxing has disintegrated into fighting the no-names heavyweight bum of the month club, including many unbeaten pretenders. There are no big names who can challenge them.
On the undercard, 19-0 Robert Alonzo, the unbeaten and overhyped young Cuban Olympian heavyweight, settled for an eight-round draw with unheralded 26-4-1 Iago Kiladze, a Soviet Georgian now fighting out of Los Angeles, California. Kiladze was knocked out in his last three fights, yet managed to draw with a heavyweight some thought to be the next best thing, exposing yet another unbeaten record. Wilder, Fury and Joshua are super fighters who, for the moment, have no decent competition among the pretenders with padded records. Wilder could try former WBA world champion Alexander Povetkin of Russia. Povetkin was stopped by Anthony Joshua in seven rounds last September. A scheduled comeback bout by Povetkin in Chicago, Illinois this month failed to materialize.
Result: Deontay Wilder KO 1 Dominic Breazeale, Heavyweights (2:17)
Wilder retains World Boxing Council World Heavyweight title
Referee: Harvey Dock. Wilder knocked out Breazeale, who was holding his left hand low, on his back for the ten count by referee Harvey Dock, with an overhand power right hand.
Barclays Center Undercard Results
Gary Russell Jr. TKO 5 Kiko Martinez, Featherweights (2:52)
Russell retains World Boxing Council World Featherweight title
Doctor stops contest due to bad cut over Martinez’ left eye.
Robert Alfonzo Split Decision Draw 8 Iago Kiladze, Heavyweights
Scoring: 77-75 Alfonzo. 77-75 Kiladze. 76-76 draw.
Set up bout Surprise! Cuban Olympian Alfonzo, 19-0, cannot beat journeyman Kiladze, who had been knocked out for the full ten count in his last three heavyweight bouts.
Juan Heraldez Majority Draw 10 Argenis Mendez, Super Lightweights
Surprise! 16-0 prospect Heraldez cannot beat Mendez, winner of two of his last six bouts.
Gary Antonio Russell Win Referee’s Technical Decision 6 Saul Hernandez, Bantamweights
Gary Antuanne Russell KO 4 Marcos Mojica, Super Lightweights
The four Russell brothers, trained by their father Gary Russell Sr., are natural right handers who fight from the southpaw stance. Bantamweight prospect Gary Antonio Russell is 14-0. Super lightweight prospect Gary Antuanne Russell in 9-0. The fourth brother, 22-2 uper welterweight Gary ‘Fast Hands’ Jones (half brother, same father) fought between 1999 to 2011.
Richardson Hitchins Win Referee’s Technical Decision 3 Alex Munera, Welterweights
8-0 prospect Hitchins represented Haiti at the 2012 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Other Major Fight Results
Saturday May 18, 2019
Viby Hallen, Aarhus, Denmark
Lolenda Mock Win Split 12 Mateo Damien Veron, Super Middleweights
Mock wins vacant International Boxing Association World Super Middleweight title.
Scoring: 114-112, 114-112 for Mock. 114-112 for Veron.
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo fighter Lonenda Mock, now fighting out of Aarhus, Denmark, 43-16-1 with 13 knockouts, the former European super middleweight and light heavyweight title, avenges an eight round decision loss to Veron in January 2019, and becomes the oldest African born fighter to win his first world title at the age of 47.
SSE Hydro, Glaskow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Josh Taylor Win 12 Ivan Baranchyk, Super Lightweights
Taylor wins International Boxing Federation World Super Lightweight title
Taylor retains World Boxing Council Silver Super Lightweight title
Naoya Inoye KO 2 Emmanuel Rodriguez, Bantamweights
Inoye retains World Boxing Association World Bantamweight title
Inoye wins International Boxing Federation World Bantamweight title
Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Herfordshire, United Kingdom
Billy Joe Saunders Win 12 Shefat Isufi, Super Middleweights
Saunders wins vacant World Boxing Organization World Super Middleweight title
28-0 World Boxing Organization World Middleweight champion Saunders moves up in weight class from middleweight to super middleweight, and wins the vacant World Boxing Organization World Super Middleweight title. Reader’s note: Saunders fought one non-title bout in December 2018 at cruiserweight, a fourth-round stoppage win over Ghana’s 33-24 Charles Adamu.
Brad Foster TKO 12 Ashley Lane, Super Bantamweights
Foster retains BBB of C British Super Bantamweight title
Foster wins Commonwealth British Empire Super Bantamweight title
Joe Joyce TKO 3 Alexander Ustinov, Heavyweights
9-0 Rio De Janeiro 2016 Olympic silver medalist Joyce ends faded 34-4 Russian Ustinov.
DEONTAY WILDER THRILLS BARCLAYS CENTER CROWD WITH SCINTILLATING FIRST ROUND KNOCKOUT OF DOMINIC BREAZEALE SATURDAY NIGHT ON SHOWTIME® TO ENTER RARIFIED AIR OF HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPIONS
Gary Russell Jr. Retains Featherweight Title with TKO Over Kiko Martinez
Juan Heraldez and Argenis Mendez Fight to Majority Draw In Telecast Opener
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BROOKLYN (May 19, 2019) – WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder delivered the 40th knockout of his career in devastating fashion Saturday night, sending mandatory challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazealeflat on his back with a trademark right hand in front of a raucous crowd at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Successfully defending his belt for the ninth time, Wilder joins illustrious company alongside Hall of Famers Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and more and becomes the 10th fighter in history to make nine or more consecutive successful heavyweight title defenses. Watch HERE: https://s.sho.com/2Hp0AEh
In the buildup to tonight’s world championship bout, Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) repeatedly promised that the fight would not last long. The towering Tuscaloosa, Ala. native kept his word, scoring the 20th first round knockout of his career and his 15thknockdown as heavyweight world champion. Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs) was able to withstand Wilder’s first early onslaught, but could not beat referee Harvey Dock’s 10-count when Wilder connected flush with the most dangerous right hand in boxing later in the opening round.
“Everything just came out of me tonight”, said Wilder. “I know it’s been a big buildup, there’s been a lot of animosity and a lot of words that were said and it just came out of me tonight. That’s what makes boxing so great.
“I just told Breazeale I love him and of course I want to see him go home to his family. 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.”
As the attention of the heavyweight division turns to what’s next, Wilder insists that a fight with Tyson Fury, the only man he has faced and not defeated, or Anthony Joshua remains on the table and in the works.
“I understand what Fury did,” said Wilder. “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 rare in discussion. The big fights will happen. I just want you to have patience.”
Breazeale, whose only two defeats have now come against both Wilder and Joshua, was disappointed he wasn’t allowed to continue the fight.
“I think the ref stopped it a little early because I could hear him saying seven and eight, but that’s boxing,” said Breazeale. “He did his job and kept us safe for our next fight.
“I got on my feet and had my legs under me. It’s the heavyweight division so there’s going to big shots from guys with power. This was a situation where he landed the big right hand before I did. I thought I was going to come on in the later rounds. I’ll be back and go for the heavyweight title again.”
In the co-feature, WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) put on yet another professional display to defend his belt for the fourth time against a valiant Kiko Martinez (39-9-2, 28 KOs). Due to a gash that opened up over Martinez’s left eye, referee Ricky Gonzalez stopped the fight in the fifth round upon the advice of the ringside physician, resulting in a technical knockout.
Russell, who was fighting for the first time in a year, showed no signs of ring rust and displayed his full skillset including his trademark lightning quick hands. The 30-year-old Capitol Heights, Md. native was dominant from the opening bell and landed on a remarkable 40% of his power punches. In an all-action fight with little downtime, Martinez did more than enough to play his part. The Spaniard constantly came forward but Russell continued to target the cut that opened up over his eye after a right hook in the second round. The ringside official called for the stoppage of the fight at 2:52 of round number five.
“I did pretty good,” said the 2008 U.S. Olympian Russell to SHOWTIME ringside reporter Jim Gray. “We stayed behind the jab and he couldn’t get past it. We knew that intellect over athleticism would get it done.
“We want [WBA Featherweight Champion] Leo Santa Cruz,” Russell continued while wearing a shirt that read ‘Leo Next’. “We want to make this fight happen. The fire is all the way hot on this side of the field. You will get burned. I would love for that fight to happen this year. Let’s make it happen.”
“It was a good stoppage for a very tough fight,” said the former world champion Martinez. “I’m definitely a visual fighter so the cut made it tough. Gary was in great physical condition and it was a very hard fight.
“I’m going to rest a little bit now, but I’ll be back. I thought I had some good moments and had a good division. I think I’ll drop back down to 122-pounds to win a world title there.”
In the telecast opener, undefeated prospect Juan Heraldez (16-0-1, 10 KOs) and former world champion Argenis Mendez (25-5-2, 12 KOs) fought to a highly competitive majority draw. Two judges scored the fight 95-95, while a third had Mendez winning 97-93.
Fighting in front of his mentor Floyd Mayweather, Las Vegas’ Heraldez controlled many of the early rounds by setting the pace and establishing his jab. Heraldez outlanded Mendez 126-108 in total punches and 70-30 in jabs throughout the 10 rounds. Falling behind early, Mendez, a seasoned veteran and 2004 Dominican Republic Olympian, used his experience to grow back into the fight. The tempo picked up in the fifth round, as both fighters landed several heavy blows but the momentum shifted towards Mendez. The 32-year-old Mendez, who has fought seven current or former champions, closed out the fight exceptionally strong, winning the final round on all three judges’ scorecards. Without doing so, Mendez would have lost the fight.
“I thought I won the fight,” said a disappointed Mendez. “He didn’t do anything to me. How did he win the fight? If I have to prove I beat him in a rematch, I’ll be ready. I won’t leave it up to the judges.
“My speed and my power made it difficult for him. I thought my counterpunching was really good. He tired toward the later rounds and that let me get a little closer to him to get my offense going.”
Similarly, Heraldez thought he did enough to win the fight which he viewed as a potential coming out party.
“I thought I won a close decision,” Heraldez said. “I didn’t think it was a draw. He didn’t do anything that hurt me at any point.
“He wasn’t really engaging with me. He was just trying to move around and pick his shots, but it wasn’t anything I wasn’t ready for. I’ll either take the rematch with Mendez or move forward toward my goal of a world title.”
Preceding the telecast, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN featured three undercard attractions streamed live on the SHOWTIME Sports social platforms. A battle between heavyweights Robert Alfonso (18-0-1, 8 KOs) and Iago Kiladze (26-4-1, 18 KOs) ended in a split-draw after eight rounds of action. While one judge scored the fight 77-75 for Alfonso, another had it 77-75 for Kiladze, with the third judge scoring it 76-76, resulting in the draw.
Also entering the ring was 2016 U.S. Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell (9-0, 9 KOs), the younger brother of the featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr., who dropped Marcos Mojica (16-4-2, 12 KOs) twice to earn a stoppage 2:13 into the third round. Rounding out the action was Brooklyn-native and 2016 Haitian Olympian Richardson Hitchins (9-0, 5 KOs), who scored a TKO of Alejandro Munera (4-2-3, 4 KOs) after Munera was knocked down in round three and unable to continue despite making it to the final bell of the round.
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