Deontay Wilder destroys Bermane Stiverne in 1, Calls out "A-Juicing-J"
In the main event of Saturday night's fight card from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) showed his detractors why he would be a handful for any active Heavyweight...including current IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua.
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Despite taking the reigning title holder to the final bell of their first meeting almost three years ago, former WBC champ Bermane Stiverne couldn't even make it past the opening round of the rematch.
At the 50 second mark of the opening stanza, Deontay landed a straight one-two down the middle that sent his opponent crashing to the canvas. Although the former titlist beat the ten count, he was noticeably shaken while complaining to the referee in charge that he was bludgeoned on the back of the head with a sweeping right hand, which landed seconds before the straight left-right combo that forced the knockdown.
The hungry former Olympian quickly rushed to his opponent and cracked him with a sharp left hook, right hand combination that once again drove the 39 year old Haitian to the floor with 26 seconds remaining in first round.
With Bermane seemingly out on his feet, the "coup de grace" came with only 1 second left in the opening round by way of a looping barrage of shots that caused the third man in the ring, Arthur Mercante Jr., to immediately step in and mercifully call a halt to the bout.
With the very impressive and dominant performance against the customarily iron-chinned Stiverne, Wilder puts himself on par with WBA/IBF champ Anthony Joshua.
"It just seems like my career has been crazy," stated Deontay Wilder post fight. "I just want to prove that I am the best. I know I am the best."
Although most active fight fans believe Joshua to be the man currently atop the sport's glamour division, the 32 year old Alabama native genuinely believes he would stop the British favorite if given the opportunity.
After the electrifying KO performance at the Barclays Center this Saturday night, Wilder just might get his wish earlier than anticipated.
"You know I've been waiting on that fight for a long time now...me versus A-Juicing-J," Deontay stated post-fight while openly accusing Anthony Joshua of using performance enhancing drugs.
"Listen, mate...I declare war on you. Do you accept my challenge, or are you still going to squat when you piss? I know I'm the champion...I know I'm the best. Are you up for the test?"
"No more ducking...no more dodging...let's make the fight happen. I will go anywhere in the world to fight AJ! Don't wait...let's make the date!"
Can Anthony Joshua defeat possibly the most athletic Heavyweight in the division?
Hopefully fans get to find out in 2018.
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