Wilder vs Breazeale Saturday May 18th

 Wilder drops Braezeale. (Tom Casino/SHOWTIME photo)
Wilder drops Braezeale. (Tom Casino/SHOWTIME photo)

By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com

This past Saturday night in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center SHOWTIME featured its 14th heavyweight world title fight. There is a resurgence in the heavyweight division, and this past Saturday night saw the reign continue for the current WBC Heavyweight Champion. Not too often will the WBC Champ Deontay Wilder face a fighter that will look him in the eye, though that would be the case in this weekend’s fight.

There was a lot of talk about whether Wilder crossed the line with his talk of “catching a body” in the ring during the pre-fight hype. Wilder would be facing the 2012 U.S. Olympian from Glendale, California who has tallied 18 KO’s in his 22 professional fights. Having previously fought Anthony Joshua in the U.K., it was expected that Breazeale would be able to handle the bright lights of Brooklyn, NY.

If you went to refill your adult beverage or tried to make one final run to the kitchen for snacks you may have come back just in time to catch the replay of Wilder’s knockout of Breazeale the former Olympian from Glendale. After to two 6’ 7” men swapped leather early in round 1, Wilder measured Breazeale with a left jab, then put him to sleep with a fierce right jab with just over 1 minute left  in Round 1. Breazeale was not able to get to his knees before a 4 count, and the ref then counted him out as he rose to his feet wobbly .

This was the ninth defense for the Tuscaloosa, Ala. native. Wilder now 41-0-1 with 40 KO’s has obtained his 20th first-round knockout on Saturday night as well as captured his 15th knockdown as WBC Heavyweight World Champion. Deontay, joins an illustrious group of Hall of Famers to have nine or more title defenses in his career; Joe Luis, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson are a few of the boxers he joins in this group.

“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,” Wilder expressed. “Everything just came out of me tonight!”

“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.”

Even though Breazeale has only lost to both Wilder and Anthony Joshua, who should be signing a deal to fight each other soon, surprisingly he was disappointed he was not 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. He did his job and kept us safe for our next fight.” Dominic said.

Breazeale continued on to say, “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.”

Coming into the night I anticipated a short night of work for Wilder, though I must admit I expected Breazeale to put on a much better performance than we saw on Saturday night. My exact thoughts were, “’I anticipated Breazeale would be a decent tune-up fight for Wilder and I would be surprised if this fight went the distance.’” How did you enjoy the fight? Please let me know your thoughts on this Saturday night’s fight by reaching out to us on @whatsgoodinsports on twitter or commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com.