Deontay Wilder talked the big game all week, promising to knock out Domnic Breazeale and much worse than that, and when the bell rang, it didn’t take long.
Just two minutes and 16 seconds after the fight began it was over, as Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KO) landed a bomb of a right hand to knock out Breazeale (20-2), who tried to get to his feet but couldn’t beat referee Harvey Dock’s 10 count.
With the win, Wilder retains his WBC heavyweight title.
Wilder was expected to win by just about everyone, and even expected to KO Breazeale, but seeing is different than imagining, and no matter how you slice it, this was a brutal knockout.
Here’s the knockout:
IT'S OVER. WILDER KNOCKS OUT BREAZEALE I ROUND 1 pic.twitter.com/bJOAxBP2Hw— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) May 19, 2019
Wilder was asked what he said privately to Breazeale after the fight was over, and addressed the much-publicized talk during fight week, where Wilder repeatedly said he was hoping to kill a man in the ring, which he’s said many times before.
“I told him I love him and of course, I wanna see him go home to his family,” Wilder said. “I know we say some things that we mean sometimes, but then you get into a fight and you settle your differences as men, that’s what this sport is all about.”
Wilder was also asked about another fight with Tyson Fury, and said he understands why Fury pulled out of an ordered rematch, saying Fury had to get himself back together after their December bout.
“That rematch will happen, like all these other big fights will happen,” Wilder said. “I know a lot of people want to know when the Joshua fight will happen. All these fights are in discussion. No doors are closed. All teams, all parties involved are talking.”
Of the Joshua fight, Wilder said, “It will happen, I promise you that. Have patience and give us a little time to make this thing happen. We wanna make sure we get the best and most money possible. We’re risking our lives. Let us get our time to iron out our differences and you guys will know when it happens.”
Wilder said he has a left arm injury, but it doesn’t sound serious.
Luis Ortiz, whom Wilder defeated in an entertaining brawl in 2018, was in the ring after the fight, and was asked if he’s next for Wilder.
“He’s the only person who can say if that’s going to be the next fight,” Ortiz said through a translator.
Rumors have been for a while now that Wilder-Ortiz II would be coming after this fight, but we’ll see.