Deontay Wilder Electrifies Barclays Center During ‘Brooklyn Boxing’ With Knockout to Defend His Heavyweight Title

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You could call it the knockout heard ‘round the world. After an intense lead-up to his fight with Dominic Breazeale, heavyweight world title holder Deontay Wilder didn’t disappoint. Just a little over two minutes into the first round of the matchup at Barclays Center, Wilder connected with a right hand on Breazeale’s chin and sent him straight to the mat.

Referee Harvey Dock called the fight, allowing Wilder to retain his title for the ninth time, putting him in the company of boxers like Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, and Mike Tyson. Wilder’s performance electrified the announced crowd of 13,181 at the Barclays Center, who cheered on once the call was made.

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“Everything just came out of me tonight,” Wilder said, per ESPN. “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.”

It was Wilder’s fourth appearance at Barclays Center and he’s continued to feel very comfortable there during the “Brooklyn Boxing” events at the arena. While the fight was a short one, the crowd was particularly animated for Wilder, including when he walked out in what could be described as a costume fitting for a knight on Game of Thrones.

(Check out the full Barclays Center and Brooklyn Boxing schedule at barclayscenter.com.)

During the fight, Breazeale was only able to connect with two of his 10 punches, while Wilder was able to hit on nine of his 35 attempts, according to CompuBox. Wilde imported to 41-0-1 with 40 KOs, and stoked the anticipation of a fight with Anthony Joshua after his win.

One of the other fights during the “Brooklyn Boxing” presentation at Barclays Center included WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. taking on former world champion Kiko Martinez, which was a co-feature event. Russell ended up winning the fight when the referee called it in the fifth round when Martinez started bleeding from a cut over his eye.

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The first of the televised fights started with Juan Heraldez taking on former champion Argenis Mendez. The fight was close for most of the way and finished in a draw, with one judge scoring it 97-93 for Heraldez, but the other judges scoring it 95-95.

(Check out the full Barclays Center and Brooklyn Boxing schedule at barclayscenter.com.)

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