Main Event: Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale
Location: Barclays Center, Brookyln, New York
Time: 9:00 pm, ET / 6:00 pm, PT
Result: Wilder KO1 Breazeale
Undefeated WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder put his title on the line for the ninth time when he stepped into the ring against hard-hitting mandatory challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale live on SHOWTIME on Saturday, May 18 from Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™.
The fight, while exciting, was short lived as Wilder blasted Breazeale in only one round.
What the Fighters Had to Say 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 Jim, 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. “
“I think the ref stopped it a little early because I could hear him saying seven and eight, but that’s boxing. He did his job and kept us safe for our next fight.
“I got on my feet and had my legs under me. It’s the heavyweight division so there’s going to big shots from guys with power.
“This was a situation where he landed the big right hand before I did. I thought I was going to come on in the later rounds. I’ll be back and go for the heavyweight title again.”
Wilder vs. Breazeale Results
Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale
WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) once again proved that he is indeed the most dangerous man on the planet as he absolutely destroyed Dominic Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs) in the very first round of their contest at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn New York.
Gary Russell Jr. vs. Kiko Martinez
Gary Russell Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) successfully completed his annual ring appearance, as he defeated former champion Kiko Martinez (39-9-2, 28 KOs). The match in itself was a mismatch as Russell Jr. did whatever he waned to in the ring.
Martinez showed plenty of heart for absorbing the heavy blows that he did throughout the match. The ring side doctor was called to inspect a cut on the left brow of Martinez. It was a nasty gash and Martinez was deemed unfit to contain the contest.
After the proceedings, Russell Jr. made it clear who exactly he wants to do now. “The fight with Leo Santa Cruz is what I want next.” After a performance like that it will be hard to deny Russell Jr. what he wants next.
Juan Heraldez vs. Argenis Mendez
Undefeated Super Lightweight prospect Juan Heraldez (16-0-1, 10 KOs) couldn’t keep his winning ways going as he fought battle tested former champion Argenis Mendez (25-5-3, 12 KOs) to a highly disputed draw.
It was a close contest but it seemed as though Mendez had slightly bigger spurts of success. He visibly had his man hurt several times.
As the final bell rang both men felt they did enough to win. One judge scored the bout 97-93 in favor of Mendez while the remaining two scored it even at 95-95.
Gary Antonio Russell vs. Saul Eduardo Hernandez
Gary Antonio Russell (14-0, 11 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact as he defeated Saul Eduardo Hernandez (13-13-1, 8 KOs) at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn New York.
Russell was dominating the contest before a clash of heads sent Hernandez down to the canvas. From there the doctor that was present ring side decided that Hernandez could no longer continue. The final scores for the contest were 59-55 and two scores of 60-54 all in favor of Russell.
Gary Antuanne Russell vs. Marcos Mojica
Still undefeated and still riding a nine fight knockout streak, Gary Antuanne Russell (9-0, 9 KOs) dominated Marcos Mojica (16-4-2, 12 KOs).
It was an utter beating that ended in the fourth round and Mojica could no longer stand the punishment.
Kenny Robles vs. Roy McGill
Kenny Robles (6-1, 3 KOs) completely overwhelmed Roy McGill (6-3, 3 Kos) to tune of a fifth round stoppage.
Robles was the aggressor for most of the night as he continually got his shots off first.
In the fifth round the beating was even more so severe, which led to a stoppage by the referee.
Dylan Price vs. Manuel Salvador Manzo
Dylan Price (8-0, 6 KOs) stopped Manuel Salvador Manzo (4-7-2, 2 KOs) in the fifth round of their contest. Manzo came out guns blazing to start off the contest.
There was nothing he could do however as Price simply picked him apart. As the rounds continued Manzo continued to get a beating. It wasn’t until round five where ring side doctor decided to put an end to the contest.
Robert Alfonso vs. Iago Kiladze
Undefeated Heavyweight prospect Robert Alfonso (18-0-1, 8 KOs) and Iago Kiladze (26-4-1, 18 KOs) battled to split decision draw tonight live at the Barclay Center. The contest featured plenty of back and forth action. Neither man was able to fully exert their dominance.
It was truly a tale of two halves. Often times when Kiladze would seem to be pulling away, Alfonso would come right back with his own flashy combinations.
When the final bell rang the judges had a hard time determining a winner. One judge scored the contest 77-75 for Alfonso, another judge scored the same for Kiladze. The final judge scored the bout 76-76 a draw.
Richardson Hitchins vs. Alejandro Munera
Richardson Hitchins (9-0, 5 KOs) dazzled his hometown Brooklyn crowd as he scored a sensational fourth round knockout over Alejandro Munera (4-2-3, 4 KOs).
Hitchins had his man in serious trouble in the first round as he landed an upper cut that left his opponent hurt. In the third round Hitchins landed a shot to the liver that dropped Munera. Although he managed to get out of the round the doctor in the corner put an end to the contest.
WILDER VS. BREAZEALE: PRESS RELEASE RECAP
BROOKLYN (May 19, 2019) – WBC Heavyweight World Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder delivered the 40th knockout of his career in devastating fashion Saturday night, sending mandatory challenger Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale flat on his back with a trademark right hand in front of a raucous crowd at Barclays Center, the home of BROOKLYN BOXING™, in an event presented by Premier Boxing Champions. Successfully defending his belt for the ninth time, Wilder joins illustrious company alongside Hall of Famers Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and more and becomes the 10th fighter in history to make nine or more consecutive successful heavyweight title defenses.
In the buildup to tonight’s world championship bout, Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) repeatedly promised that the fight would not last long. The towering Tuscaloosa, Ala. native kept his word, scoring the 20th first round knockout of his career and his 15th knockdown as heavyweight world champion. Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs) was able to withstand Wilder’s first early onslaught, but could not beat referee Harvey Dock’s 10-count when Wilder connected flush with the most dangerous right hand in boxing later in the opening round.
“Everything just came out of me tonight”, said Wilder. “I know it’s been a big buildup, 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.”
As the attention of the heavyweight division turns to what’s next, Wilder insists that a fight with Tyson Fury, the only man he has faced and not defeated, or Anthony Joshua remains on the table and in the works.
“I understand what Fury did,” said Wilder. “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 rare in discussion. The big fights will happen. I just want you to have patience.”
Breazeale, whose only two defeats have now come against both Wilder and Joshua, was disappointed he wasn’t allowed to continue the fight.
“I think the ref stopped it a little early because I could hear him saying seven and eight, but that’s boxing,” said Breazeale. “He did his job and kept us safe for our next fight.
“I got on my feet and had my legs under me. It’s the heavyweight division so there’s going to big shots from guys with power. This was a situation where he landed the big right hand before I did. I thought I was going to come on in the later rounds. I’ll be back and go for the heavyweight title again.”
In the co-feature, WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) put on yet another professional display to defend his belt for the fourth time against a valiant Kiko Martinez (39-9-2, 28 KOs). Due to a gash that opened up over Martinez’s left eye, referee Ricky Gonzalez stopped the fight in the fifth round upon the advice of the ringside physician, resulting in a technical knockout.
Russell, who was fighting for the first time in a year, showed no signs of ring rust and displayed his full skillset including his trademark lightning quick hands. The 30-year-old Capitol Heights, Md. native was dominant from the opening bell and landed on a remarkable 40% of his power punches. In an all-action fight with little downtime, Martinez did more than enough to play his part. The Spaniard constantly came forward but Russell continued to target the cut that opened up over his eye after a right hook in the second round. The ringside official called for the stoppage of the fight at 2:52 of round number five.
“I did pretty good,” said the 2008 U.S. Olympian Russell to SHOWTIME ringside reporter Jim Gray. “We stayed behind the jab and he couldn’t get past it. We knew that intellect over athleticism would get it done.
“We want [WBA Featherweight Champion] Leo Santa Cruz,” Russell continued while wearing a shirt that read ‘Leo Next’. “We want to make this fight happen. The fire is all the way hot on this side of the field. You will get burned. I would love for that fight to happen this year. Let’s make it happen.”
“It was a good stoppage for a very tough fight,” said the former world champion Martinez. “I’m definitely a visual fighter so the cut made it tough. Gary was in great physical condition and it was a very hard fight.
“I’m going to rest a little bit now, but I’ll be back. I thought I had some good moments and had a good division. I think I’ll drop back down to 122-pounds to win a world title there.”
In the telecast opener, undefeated prospect Juan Heraldez (16-0-1, 10 KOs) and former world champion Argenis Mendez (25-5-2, 12 KOs) fought to a highly competitive majority draw. Two judges scored the fight 95-95, while a third had Mendez winning 97-93.
Fighting in front of his mentor Floyd Mayweather, Las Vegas’ Heraldez controlled many of the early rounds by setting the pace and establishing his jab. Heraldez outlanded Mendez 126-108 in total punches and 70-30 in jabs throughout the 10 rounds. Falling behind early, Mendez, a seasoned veteran and 2004 Dominican Republic Olympian, used his experience to grow back into the fight. The tempo picked up in the fifth round, as both fighters landed several heavy blows but the momentum shifted towards Mendez. The 32-year-old Mendez, who has fought seven current or former champions, closed out the fight exceptionally strong, winning the final round on all three judges’ scorecards. Without doing so, Mendez would have lost the fight.
“I thought I won the fight,” said a disappointed Mendez. “He didn’t do anything to me. How did he win the fight? If I have to prove I beat him in a rematch, I’ll be ready. I won’t leave it up to the judges.
“My speed and my power made it difficult for him. I thought my counterpunching was really good. He tired toward the later rounds and that let me get a little closer to him to get my offense going.”
Similarly, Heraldez thought he did enough to win the fight which he viewed as a potential coming out party.
“I thought I won a close decision,” Heraldez said. “I didn’t think it was a draw. He didn’t do anything that hurt me at any point.
“He wasn’t really engaging with me. He was just trying to move around and pick his shots, but it wasn’t anything I wasn’t ready for. I’ll either take the rematch with Mendez or move forward toward my goal of a world title.”
Preceding the telecast, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING COUNTDOWN featured three undercard attractions streamed live on the SHOWTIME Sports social platforms. A battle between heavyweights Robert Alfonso (18-0-1, 8 KOs) and Iago Kiladze (26-4-1, 18 KOs) ended in a split-draw after eight rounds of action. While one judge scored the fight 77-75 for Alfonso, another had it 77-75 for Kiladze, with the third judge scoring it 76-76, resulting in the draw.
Also entering the ring was 2016 U.S. Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell (9-0, 9 KOs), the younger brother of the featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr., who dropped Marcos Mojica (16-4-2, 12 KOs) twice to earn a stoppage 2:13 into the third round. Rounding out the action was Brooklyn-native and 2016 Haitian Olympian Richardson Hitchins (9-0, 5 KOs), who scored a TKO of Alejandro Munera (4-2-3, 4 KOs) after Munera was knocked down in round three and unable to continue despite making it to the final bell of the round.