By Scott Christ
Deontay Wilder delivered on his trash talk, knocking out Bermane Stiverne in the first round.
Deontay Wilder didn’t really want to fight Bermane Stiverne again tonight, but after Luis Ortiz failed a drug test, his options were limited, and Stiverne was his mandatory.
In less than a round, Wilder (39-0, 38 KO) crushed Stiverne (25-3-1, 21 KO), dropping him three times before the fight was mercifully stopped.
Stiverne hadn’t fought in two years, and it showed on the scales. A frustrated Wilder came out with a sharp jab, then flipped a switch. He slammed his fist on his own chest, stepped to the side, and fired a laser-like right hand that dropped Stiverne for the first time.
In all reality, the fight was over there, but Stiverne did get up to continue on. He was down again moments later, as a ferocious Wilder rushed him with wild power shots. Again, Stiverne got up. Again, Wilder, showing zero regard for his opponent, threw bombs. Again, Stiverne went down, and the fight was over.
“It seems like my career — it’s been crazy, so many guys ducking, so many guys using PEDs. I just wanna prove that I am the best. I know I’m the best, I just wanna prove that I am the best,” Wilder told Showtime’s Jim Gray after the fight.
Wilder also called out fellow heavyweight titleholder Anthony Joshua, which is the the biggest fight out there for two active heavyweights.
“A-Juicin’-J. Listen, ‘mate,’ I declare war upon you. Do you accept my challenge, or are you still gonna squat as you piss? I know I’m the champion. I know I’m the best.”
He also indicated that he doesn’t want to fight Dillian Whyte, as has been suggested by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, or at least not without a guaranteed fight with Joshua coming after that being added to the contract. Wilder said he would go to the United Kingdom to face Joshua.
Source:: Bad Left Hook