Ringside reaction: 'Magic happens' - Wilder
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Chris Glover was ringside at the Barclays Center on Saturday night and spoke to both Deontay Wilder and Gary Russell Jr in the wake of their victories...
Deontay Wilder produced what can only be described as the knockout of the year, as he demolished Dominic Breazeale in the opening round of their WBC world heavyweight title contest at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Saturday evening.
The fight itself appeared to be a shootout, with both Wilder and Breazeale getting rocked momentarily before Wilder landed a sledging right hand which sent the brave Breazeale to the canvas. To his credit, Breazeale attempted to get up but the referee correctly waved the contest off.
Wilder opened up on his performance after the fight: "Everything just came out of me tonight. I know it’s been a big build-up. There’s been a lot of animosity and a lot of words that were said and it just came out of me tonight. That’s what makes boxing so great.
“I just told Breazeale I love him and of course I want to see him go home to his family. I know we say some things, but when you can fight a man and then you can hug him and kiss him, I wish the world was like that. We shake hands and we live to see another day and that’s what it’s all about.
“I understand what Tyson Fury did. When you get dropped on the canvas like that I understand you have to get yourself back together.
"But the rematch will happen like all these other fights will happen. The great thing is all these fights are in discussion. The big fights will happen. I just want you to have patience.
“You know what the saying is, good things come to those who wait.
“I saw him slow up a little bit. When I hit him with the right hand the first time his body language changed. When you've been in with so many guys you can recognize body language. “
Natural comparisons will be made between Wilder's performance and that of Anthony Joshua's against Dominic Breazeale. Wilder spoke to Boxing Monthly regarding the comparison people may draw between him and Joshua based on their respective performances against Breazeale.
The WBC world heavyweight champion stated: "Styles make fights and it's so true. Certain styles compliment other styles and Breazale's was perfect for me. I will set you up and I am faster than what people think. When I use my intelligence in the ring magic happens and tonight I displayed that.
"When myself and Anthony Joshua get in the ring we don't know what is going to happen. I can't say if he will knock me out or I will knock him out. You will just have to wait and see what happens."
Chief support saw the returning Gary Russell Jr dominate the battle-tested veteran Kiko Martinez, stopping his opponent in the fifth round of a punishing contest. The fight was brought to a halt under doctor's advice, as a massive cut had opened up above the eye of Martinez who was taking a lot of punishment from the impeccable WBC featherweight champion Russell.
Russell assessed his performance to Boxing Monthly, "I thought I boxed well, I controlled the range and dominated the fight. I made the fight as easy as I wanted to make it and showed why I am one of the longest reigning champions in boxing. I boxed my fight and he was a tough guy but we made this fight as easy as we wanted to and ultimately got the win because of that."
The undercard saw Argenis Mendez and Juan Heraldez battle to a draw, which many people saw Mendez winning including one of the judges with the other two scoring it a draw. Meanwhile, Gary Antuanne and Gary Antonio Russell both produced excellent displays as they both remained undefeated.
2016 Olympian Richardson Hitchins showed why he is one of the hottest prospects in world boxing as he comfortably dismantled his ambitious opponent inside three rounds. Former Team USA amateur standout Dylan Price also impressed to remain undefeated as he looks to be on the fast track to titles.