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Deontay Wilder makes statement in victory

Deontay Wilder blows away Dominic Breazeale in warning to rivals. Jack Hirsch reports from ringside
Deontay Wilder
fight-night-WESTCOTT-0086  |  Amanda Westcott/Showtime
Brooklyn, NY • May 18

OF course the most logical way to determine heavyweight supremacy would be for the ‘big three’ to box each other – but in the absence of that we are reduced to comparing their performances against lesser opponents. For now at least, it is Deontay Wilder who has laid claim to being the best heavyweight in the world. Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will have the opportunity to make their own statements in the coming weeks, but no matter what they do it’s not likely to top Wilder’s electrifying first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale at The Barclays Center on May 18 in front of 13,110 (PBC promoted).

The comparison game is often deceiving, as we learned years ago when another heavyweight terror, George Foreman, obliterated Joe Frazier and Ken Norton, who had both defeated Muhammad Ali, yet came unglued against The Greatest in Zaire. However, the fact that Alhambra, California’s Breazeale went into the seventh round with Joshua in his only other defeat speaks volumes for how devastating a puncher Wilder is.

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