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Wilder KOs Stiverne to retain WBC title

Wilder KOs Stiverne to retain WBC title

By James Bell


The WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder stayed unbeaten and scored his 38th knockout of his professional career by defeating former WBC champion Bermane Stiverne in the first round. It was Wilder’s 6th defense of the title and he could now claim that he has knocked out every fighter that he has faced in his career.

Stiverne came in as a replacement for Luis Ortiz, who was removed from the scheduled fight against Wilder for testing positive for illegal substances. It was noted before the fight that Stiverne weighed in at 254 pounds which was 15 pounds heavier than what he weighed in the first encounter with Wilder in January of 2015. He ended up suffering his third loss of his career.

There wasn’t much activity from Stiverne as he only threw four punches in the round. Wilder threw his punches with a bit of confidence, as he was throwing combinations early in the round. A two punch combination by Wilder dropped Stiverne for the first knockdown of the fight, then not long after that a right hand put Stiverne back on the canvas.

In the co-feature, Shawn Porter got a unanimous decision win over Adrian Granados with three scores of 117-111 to remain the mandatory challenger to the WBC welterweight title which is currently held by Keith Thurman. It was an action-packed fight for a majority of the rounds as Porter looked to pressure Granados and get him frustrated with the in-your-face style that Porter adopts. The response by Granados was to throw punches from the ropes and then move away when the opportunity was available. Both fighters got some good shots in during the fight but neither was in serious trouble. The pressure by Porter continued until the 6th round where it seemed like he suffered an injury to his left hand. Porter explained what happened after the fight.

“I hurt my left hand in the sixth round, but I kept using it,” Porter said. “I had to use my jab. It took a toll on me, and by the 10th round I just couldn’t throw it anymore…”

“We’re gonna rest for about a week and then get back to work.”

Granados was disappointed with the decision loss as it is the 2nd consecutive loss by decision that he suffered with his last fight being in Cincinnati against Adrien Broner.

“I thought that I was controlling the fight and keeping up with him the whole time,” he said. “He was just trying to use his normal tricks. I rocked him multiple times, and he never had me in any trouble.”


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Wilder KOs Stiverne to retain WBC title
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Wilder KOs Stiverne to retain WBC title

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