Wilder wins WBC heavyweight title
- Updated: January 17, 2015
Deontay Wilder became the new WBC heavyweight champion with a solid unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne tonight on a Showtime televised bout from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“Stiverne was tough. You have to give it to him, he has a great chin. I’m just grateful that he accepted the challenge.”
Wilder, (33-0, 32KO) broke his KO streak but added a world title that will lead to a bevy of options in the biggest division in boxing.
The crowd of over 8,000 was buzzing as Wilder clocked Stiverne time and again with a 1-2 combination, the Alabama native’s only game plan throughout the fight.
Stiverne fought in a docile manner but still had his moments.
“Wasn’t my night, I didn’t feel 100 percent… What can I say? I want to congratulate him. I need to go back & work on mistakes.”
In the end, Wilder went past five rounds for the first time, showed enough of a chin against a solid punching heavyweight and now can look for advisor Al Haymon’s direction for his heavyweight title campaign, possibly on primetime television.
“I think I answered a lot of questions tonight. I already knew I could go 12 hard rounds and take a punch. I’m just excited.”
Leo Santa Cruz put in a workmanlike effort against challenger Jesus Ruiz in defense of his WBC super-bantamweight title.
Talks were of a Mares showdown later in 2015 at a weight of 124.
In a knockdown fest, Omar Figueroa was a 4/1 underdog but did not fight like one in his scrap against Amir Imam.
The fighters traded knockdowns in the third round with Imam ultimately stopping Figueroa in the most crowd pleasing fight of the night.
The fight ended at the hands of Robert Byrd at 2:59 of round five.