Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne II
In his sixth world title defence, Deontay Wilder takes on former champion (who he won the title from in 2015), Bermane Stiverne, in a rematch, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Stiverne, not only 37 years old, but also substantially heavier than in the first fight, and coming off a 2 year layoff, looks poor as soon as the first bell sounds. Wilder looks very fast, sharp, in hand and foot, though it doesn't seem as if he needs these attributes, or many others, due to the lack of a challenge in front of him, but he uses the jab very well, blasting it through the guard of Stiverne, and boxing well behind it for 2 minutes, besides the occasional right hand which Stiverne doesn't take so well. In the last minute of the round, Wilder lands a great right hand, straight down the middle, it floors Stiverne, who bravely stands up, and in good time, but he fails to recover, as he suffers another 2 quick knockdowns, responding with nothing, almost unable to defend himself. At the very end of the round, refree Arthur Mercante quite rightly calls a halt to the beating, as Stiverne is down heavily, and the referee has to fight to push Wilder back and stop the contest as a highly motivated, under challenged, angry champion swings hayemakers even after his opponent has fallen, but Wilder does follow the referee's demands, not hurting Stiverne while is still on the canvas.
Wilder impresses with empathic one round victory, the fight is a complete mismatch, and the lack of conditioning, ability, preparation from Stiverne means it is hard to give Wilder a lot of credit for any sort of a win, nevertheless, the champion puts up a quick, clinical, explosive display, blasting out a former world champion, in one round.
Wilder, as he has done many times, calls out WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, seeming as if he is interested in no other fight.