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Wilder stop Duhaupas in 11

Photos: Lucas Noonan / Premier Boxing Champions

Photos: Lucas Noonan / Premier Boxing Champions

On Saturday night, heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) had to overcome a badly swollen left eye to score an 11th round stoppage over Johann Duhaupas (32-3, 20 KOs) in the Premier Boxing Champions main event in Birmingham, Alabama.

Wilder had little issues early on as he controlled Duhaupas with the jab and right hand, but as the fight wore on, the challenger began to get more confident and started to let his hands go.

Midway through the fight, Wilder’s left eye grew increasingly swollen as Duhaupas attempted to zero in on the target. ¬†Wilder however, refused to back down and engaged in exchanges with the Frenchman, landing some punishing shots upstairs.

Deontay Wilder eye

By the late rounds, Duhaupas’ face was a bloody mess and Wilder continued landing big shots, finally prompting referee Jack Reiss to wave off the fight in the 11th round.

“Duhaupas did everything we expected him to do. We knew he was tough. We knew he was mentally tough. We knew he was going to come. That’s why I tell people, ‘You can’t criticize anyone you don’t know. The scariest people are the ones you don’t know . They’re the most dangerous ones.’ He’s got a hell of a chin too,” said Wilder after the fight.

In the co-feature, Dominic Breazeale (16-0, 14 KOs) earned a a unanimous decision win over Fred Kassi (18-4-1, 10 KOs) in a competitive heavyweight fight that was marred by atrocious scores of 98-92, 97-93 and an abysmal 100-90.

That Breazeale was given the nod wasn’t a surprise, as he appeared to take some of the later rounds, but the scores reflected a fight that was one-sided that simply wasn’t the case.

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