Undefeated heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder retained his WBC title in his sixth defense with a dominant first-round knockout of mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne in the main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday night on SHOWTIME from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING®.
Wilder (39-0, 38 KO’s) knocked Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KOs) to the ground three times before referee Arthur Mercante halting the bout at 2:59 of the opening round. After Stiverne took Wilder the distance in their January 2015 title bout, Wilder has now knocked out every single opponent that he has faced in his career.
After the brutal knockout, an emotional Wilder was asked by SHOWTIME Sports reporter Jim Gray about a possible fight with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now,” said Wilder. “I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge? I’ve been waiting for a long time. I know I’m the champion. I know I’m the best. Are you up for the test?
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Former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter (28-2-1, 17 KOs) defeated Adrian Granados (18-6-2, 11 KOs) via unanimous decision (scored 117-111 by all three judges) in an exciting fight between two all-action competitors that served the co-featured event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The victory makes Porter the mandatory title challenger for unified welterweight champion Keith Thurman’s WBC belt.
With one power-packed punch, Dmitry Bivol (12-0, 10 KOs) KO’d Trent Broadhurst (20-2, 12 KOs) to retain his light heavyweight title and prove he’s ready to climb the division ranks. The bout was carried by HBO live from Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Eighteen year old phenom Devin Haney has continued his quiet and torrid rise up the pro rankings in 2017, moving to 18-0 last night at the Buckhead Fight Club in Atlanta.
Juan Carlos Abreu (20-3-1, 19 KOs) scored a big stoppage win Thursday on ESPN when knocked out Jesus Soto Karass (28-13-4, 18 KOs) in round eight at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. Abreu dominated Soto Karass from the opening bell on route to dropping him twice in the eighth to cement the TKO win.
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