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Wilder Destructs And Destroys Stiverne, In Round One BLOWOUT


In five years of fights at Barclays Center, I’ve not seen or heard a buzz like the one Deontay Wilder put on the fans, as he steamrolled in horrifically efficient fashion Bermane Stiverne on Saturday night.

Wilder was 220 on Friday, with his 38-0 (37 KOs) record, and Stiverne 254, to go with his 25-2-1 (21 KOs) mark. Yes, Stiverne was pudgy, and most figured he’d be losing his status as the first man to go the distance with the Bronze Bomber.

In the first, a right sent Stiverne down.

Another right, again, on his butt. High on the head, that one.

And a flurry, four shots, had ref Arthur Mercante saving Stiverne.

The joint jumped and didn’t settle for a good five minutes. Wilder had promised he’d been in kill mode and he sure as hell was in this Showtime main event.

I think it’s time for him and Anthony Joshua to settle matters, to see who is the Baddest Man on the Planet. Does Joshua want some of this? Do fans? I know I do…



“So much frustration, it just seemed like my career, it’s been crazy… so many guys using PED’s. I just want to prove that I am the best. I know I am the best but I wanna prove I am the best.

“One champion, one face, one name, he goes by Deontay Wilder.”

On Anthony Joshua:

“I’ve been waiting on that fight for a long time now… 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?”

“You gotta give props to Stiverne for getting in the ring. It takes a lot of courage, it takes a lot of pride to step in the ring with someone like me… we do what we gotta do in the ring and at least he stepped up. He was a clean fighter.”

On Dillian Whyte & Joshua Fights

“A king don’t chase the peasants. A king takes kings. I want Joshua. If he don’t give me the fight we have other plans… why should I go to England to fight a peasant without the king on the contract… The world want Joshua, the world want wilder, I want Joshua. Joshua come and see me baby. No more dodging, no more dodging, no more excuses… make the date, don’t wait.”

“I’m too athletic. I told y’all I’m mobile, I’m hostile, I am the king baby and no heavyweight can compare to me… I’m very confident in what I do and tonight I showed t



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Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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