Tuesday 25 June 2019

Wilder sights set on Joshua bout

Deontay Wilder reacts after defeating Dominic Breazeale by technical knockout in the first round of their world heavyweight championship boxing match at Barclays Center in May. Photo: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports
Deontay Wilder reacts after defeating Dominic Breazeale by technical knockout in the first round of their world heavyweight championship boxing match at Barclays Center in May. Photo: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports

Deontay Wilder proclaimed yesterday that his sights were set on facing unbeaten fellow heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua this year after defending his World Boxing Council title with a brutal first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale in New York.

Reaffirming the devastating knockout power which ranks him as dangerous as anyone in the history of the division, the American poleaxed Breazeale with a cannonball right hand straight through his rival’s defences after just 137 seconds at the Barclays Center.

Wilder, who stated that he may attend Joshua’s debut on American soil at Madison Square Garden on June 1, raised his record to 41 victories and one controversial draw – against Tyson Fury in Los Angeles last December.

Joshua and Fury will fight lesser lights in New York and Las Vegas next month, after which talks for the fights heavyweight boxing must agree to will resume.

Fury was fast to react to Wilder’s victory yesterday, saying: “I would just like to say well done to Wilder in knocking out Breazeale. But Wilder, you’re the second-baddest man on the planet, behind me.” (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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