Welcome to Fightful's live coverage of Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale for the WBC heavyweight title. The long, heated rivalry between the two American heavyweights will come to an end with a grudge match headlining a boxing card from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The card will not only feature a heavyweight title fight but also a featherweight world title fight between Gary Russell Jr. and Kiko Martinez and a number of top prospects in action.
We will bring you quick results of the entire card and live, round-by-round coverage of the two world title fights. The prelim card can be seen for free on Fightful at this link starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can join in the discussion in the comment section below:
Below is the main card (9:00 p.m. ET/Showtime):
- Deontay Wilder defeats Dominic Breazeale by KO, round 1, 2:17 to retain the WBC heavyweight title
- Gary Russell Jr. defeated Kiko Martinez by TKO, round 5, 2:52 to retain the WBC featherweight title
- Juan Heraldez and Argenis Mendez fight to a majority draw (97-93 Mendez, 95-95, 95-95)
Below is the prelim card (6:30 p.m. ET/Fightful):
- Robert Alfonso and Iago Kiladze fight to a split draw (77-75, 75-77, 76-76)
- Gary Antuanne Russell defeated Marcos Mojica by KO, round 4
- Richardson Hitchins defeated Alejandro Munera by TKO, round 3
Gary Russell Jr. vs. Kiko Martinez: WBC Featherweight Title:
Round 1: Gary Russell Jr. throws several combinations to Martinez, who chases him around the ring throughout the round. Martinez barely lands anything concrete and misses two wild hooks late in the round.
Fightful scored round 1 for Russell 10-9
Round 2: Russell throws multiple right jabs to Martinez, followed by a three-punch combination upstairs. Russell throws several more combinations, but Martinez does find an opening to land a counter punch, but it doesn’t do much damage. Russell lands a left hook to the side of Martinez’s head that staggers Martinez.
Fightful scored round 2 for Russell 10-9
Round 3: Russell continues his offense with various flurries of punches, including one where he threw around 10 uninterrupted punches. Russell lands a right hook and Martinez starts landing the right uppercut. Martinez is pressing forward on Russell, but the champion ends the round by landing multiple punches upstairs.
Fightful scored round 3 for Russell 10-9
Round 4: Russell lands a short left uppercut to the body. Martinez misses an overhand right and Russell answers with a hook to the side of Martinez’s head. Russell lands a short right hand and Martinez continues chasing Russell across the ring. Russell lands another uppercut on Martinez. The champion lands multiple hooks and short uppercuts late in the round as Martinez’s face looks bruised and a bit bloodied.
Fightful scored round 4 for Russell 10-9
Round 5: Martinez lands a big hook upstairs that nearly hurts Russell, but Russell recovers and continues attacking away at Martinez. Russell keeps moving back and forces Martinez to chase him. Martinez is having an easier time landing punches, but the ringside doctors tells the referee that Martinez’s cut above his left eye is too deep to allow him to continue fighting. Russell retains his title.
Official Result: Gary Russell Jr. defeated Kiko Martinez by TKO, round 5, 2:52 to retain the WBC featherweight title
Deontay Wilder (c) vs. Dominic Breazeale: WBC Heavyweight title:
Round 1: The fight starts with Wilder throwing a jab and then an overhand right. Wilder then lunges forward and throws a left uppercut to the body. Wilder scores a with a 1-2 combination. Wilder maul Breazeale with another 1-2 combination that splits Breazeale’s guard and is hurt. Wilder pressures Breazeale to the corner and hurts him. Wilder blasts Breazeale with a vicious right hand that knocks him out. Another knockout win for The Bronze Bomber.
Official Result: Deontay Wilder defeats Dominic Breazeale by KO, round 1, 2:17 to retain the WBC heavyweight title