Wilder wins to breathe new life into American heavyweight
Deontay Wilder becomes
America's first heavyweight champion since 2006 as he wore down a
granite-chinned Bermane Stiverne to win the WBC World Heavyweight
Through a 33rd knockout from 33 fights, Wilder answered his
critics by demonstrating his punch resistance en route to a wide
Poignantly, his being crowned world heavyweight champion comes
on the weekend that Muhammad Ali celebrates his 73rd birthday after
being released from hospital following illness.
It was an absorbing fight from first bell to last, with the
crowd on the edge of their seats as Wilder looped in his trademark
hooks, while questions lingered over what would happen if and when
Stiverne landed clean.
As the fight progressed, Wilder was doing enough to secure a
wide advantage on the scorecards, throwing and landing more punches
and occasionally rattling in some huge combinations which Stiverne
In the later rounds, and knowing he held a wide advantage,
Wilder took fewer risks as he eased his way home behind his jab to
herald a new era for American heavyweight boxing.
The scorecards came back 118-109, 119-108, 120-107 to underline
the Alabama fighter's comeplete dominance.
Knockout machine Wilder hunts WBC World Heavyweight title
One of heavyweight boxing's most exciting prospects Deontay
Wilder looks to win his first world title when he faces
Haitian-born American Bermane Stiverne.
Bronze Bomber Wilder has amassed a quite remarkable 32 wins -
all by way of knockout - and no losses, making him one of the most
feared fighters in the game right now. His trademark looping
overhand right has accounted for a number of well-known
heavyweights, but questions remain over his punch resistance, and
24-1 Stiverne represents a step up in class of opposition for the
2008 Olympic bronze medal winner.
Stiverne, himself, is a tough operator, and has only been
stopped once in his 25-fight career, seven years ago. The
Vegas-based fighter proved his grit by twice overcoming heavyweight
hardman Chris Arreola in a pair of bruising encounters, winning the
WBC World Heavyweight title in the latter of those. Now he's
looking for a first defence against one of the division's biggest