Deontay Wilder retains world title with first round knockout over Bermane Stiverne

Emilio Banks
November 9, 2017

Stiverne - the only man to go the distance with the WBC heavyweight champ - didn't even last a full three minutes against Wilder on Saturday night when he was crumpled after a furious flurry of punches that sent him to the canvas.

Deontay Wilder has declared war on Anthony Joshua after retaining the WBC heavyweight title with a first-round knockout of opponent Bermane Stiverne.

And he extended that at the Barclays Center as he beat Stiverne for the second time in two-and-a-half years.

"This is gonna be the Biggest fight in Boxing right here, who you with?"

He then told fight fans Joshua is his next target after saying: "I've been waiting on that fight for a long time now".

Joshua's fellow Brit Dillian Whyte also wants a piece of Wilder and had hoped he would get to face him before "AJ" although the American appeared to rule out a fight by claiming "a king" wouldn't fight a "peasant".

The Bronze Bomber does not command the sponsorship and endorsement deals that the British Olympic champ has managed, with Everlast being Wilder's primary concern in this field.

A fight of this magnitude with both boxers undefeated and heavyweight champions of the world, Las Vegas is apparently interested in hosting the fight.

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But it was Eddie Hearn who broke the news to Joshua over Wilder's weight before revealing the champ's reply. That fight has to happen.

Although a Joshua-Wilder heavyweight title unification fight is not expected to be next for either fighter, it's the fight which many boxing fans want to happen.

Guess we'll just have to wait and see, eh?

He told Sky Sports: "I've had two years out of the ring". No more dodging, no more excuses.

"A king don't chase the peasants", Wilder said. Joshua come and see me baby. Make the date, don't wait.

"I had a text from his promoter tonight, asking if we fancy making that fight next". We do what we have to do in the ring, at least he is a clean fighter and he stepped up.

Wilder would have preferred to face Ortiz (27-0, 23 KOs), but he tested positive for two banned diuretics (chlorothaizide, hydrochlorothiazide) in a random urine test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on September 22, and was dropped from the fight.

That left Wilder to face Stiverne, who was scheduled to fight on the undercard before being moved up to the main event.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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