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Is Deontay Wilder's knockout of Malik Scott worthy of being called a scandal?

Deontay Wilder kept his unbeaten and KO streaks intact last night with a first round knockout of Malik Scott, but there has been a lot of talk about the shots that ended the fight. What do you think?

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Deontay Wilder knocked out Malik Scott in 94 seconds last night in Puerto Rico, but the live crowd didn't think much of the finish -- especially when replays were shown in the stadium -- and TV viewers were also skeptical.

I examined the knockout as much as I could in the moment, and I've watched the replay over and over today. Slow motion, super slow motion, pausing and really seeing if I can tell what happened.

We know that Wilder (31-0, 31 KO) landed a set-up left hook that bounced off of the temple of Scott (36-2-1, 13 KO), then a right hand followed that put the Philly fighter on the canvas, where he did not get up. But did the punches seem convincing enough to you? Did it look like a sincere knockout?

For the record, this is not about denigrating Wilder or BLH saying that the fight was fixed or anything like that. Personally, I'm on record saying I understand the skepticism, but I don't see enough. My examinations give me the belief that the hook definitely landed, and the right hand that seemed to hit only gloves did break through the guard and get in there, even if not at 100% or close to 100%.

Was it a balance thing from the temple shot? Was it Scott not really wanting to be there? Was it a fighter just getting caught cold? Something more sinister?

This is just a question to see what you guys are thinking about what happened last night. Sort of a gauging of everyone's attitudes, to see how skeptical the reaction is, or if most of you are inclined to believe in what we saw. Answer honestly and don't worry about whether or not I agree or anyone else agrees. This is your call.

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