Deontay Wilder (34-0-0, 33 KOs) is still rolling, as he remained perfect on Saturday night in Birmingham.
The reigning WBC Heavyweight Champion defended his belt on the night of the 13th as Wilder knocked out Eric Molina (23-3-0, 17 KOs) early in the 9th round.
Molina had a valiant outing as he was able to withstand some serious hits and land some of his own, but Wilder landed a 1-2 combination to the temple which proved to be too much for the challenger.
Wilder showed that he can be hurt, but also once again showed that he can go the distance with a fighter with a tough chin. Molina was knocked down twice before ultimately succumbing the third time, and threw some nice uppercuts and hooks to keep Wilder honest.
That didn’t stop him from looking outclassed all fight, though, as his shorter height and reach meant he had to run right into the champ’s combinations to get close enough to box.
It was an electric atmosphere in Birmingham that night, as the hometown boy defended his title in the first championship boxing match in the state of Alabama. The crowd went insane when Wilder entered the ring…
…and didn’t stop until he finished off Molina with that nasty right hook.
Wilder’s next fight is a mandatory title defense against Alexander Povetkin (29-1-0, 21 KOs) in what should be a blockbuster heavyweight bout. If Wilder somehow survives against Povetkin, it would set the stage for the biggest heavyweight title unification bout in decades – Wilder vs. Klitschko (or Fury).
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