Deontay Wilder retains title in wild slugfestWritten by Joshua Broom
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder showcased brutal and decapacitating punching power to retain his share of the world title to run his undefeated record to 34-0 with 33 knockouts.
The enthralling 9th round knockout came in front of Wilder's raucous hometown fans in Alabama at the sold out Bartow Arena .
Challenger Eric Molina, who is a member of legendary promoter Don King's stable, had his moments early in the fight; especially in the third round when he stunned the champion with a surprise left that wobbled the legs of Wilder.
But after sustaining multiple knockdowns in this furious, fistic affair, he provided one final salvo in his penultimate round number 8 before finally subcoming to Deontay Wilder's prodigious power in the opening minute of the ninth round.
In total, Molina was knocked down by Wilder four times who sincerely congratulated his foe after defeating him in an extremely thrilling heavyweight championship fight.
In the undercard of a fine world championship twin bill, Jose "Sniper" Pedraza 20-0 12 KO joined an elite list of Puerto Rican fighters to hold a world title as he thoroughly outboxed Russian contender Andrey Klimov 19-2 9 KO over 12 rounds as he swept all but one round on all three judges scorecards.
It was a great night of boxing in front of an excited, appreciative crowd in the Deep South. Hopefully more cards of importance will be hosted in the South East.