Clash of the Heavyweights


Steven Alvarez, Sports Editor

Two big stars in the world of boxing are the Heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. On May 18, 2019 Deontay Wilder successfully defended his Heavyweight World Championship with a first round KO against Dominic Breazeale. This was Wilder’s 9 time defending the championship. A staggering KO in the first round all it took to take down Breazeale. Prior to the match in press conferences Breazeale seemed very confident in beating the champ.

“I am Deontay Wilder’s retirement plan,” said Breazeale. “I will beat him so bad that he is not going to want to ever lace up the gloves again. When I am done with him the mental aspect of boxing is going to be completely beaten out of him.”

Let’s look at their stats prior to this match. Wilder went in with a record of 41-0-1. Dominic Breazeale with 20-2-0. Deontay Wilder had 40 (95%) KOS and Dominic Breazeale 18 (82%). Weight Deontay Wilder 226 lbs .Dominic Breazeale253 lbs. Reach Deontay Wilder 83 (211 cm) Dominic Breazeale 81½ (207 cm). Age both 33 years old.

Though Breazeale keep that motivate mind thought it did not go as planned for him. Wilder is more experienced then Breazeale. Weight did not matter in this fight. He hit Breazeale with that massive right hand for a first-round KO to defend his WBC heavyweight.

After this match George Foreman said Wilder could be ranked with heard hitters likes Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson and himself. This could be true but at the same time there is a lot of competiotion like GGG, Canelo Alvarez, Tyson Fury and Andy Ruiz to name a few.

On June 2 at the Madison Square Garden, Anthony Joshua defended his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles against Mexican challenger Andy Ruiz.

Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) spoiled the long-awaited U.S. debut of unified heavyweight champion and British star Anthony Joshua.

Not only did Ruiz get up off the canvas early in Round 3 in order to do what oddsmakers felt was nearly impossible, he showed tremendous poise, power and fearlessness in systematically dismantling Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) to flip the heavyweight division upside down. Ruiz was able to score four knockdowns and record a spectacular upset via seventh-round TKO at Madison Square Garden. This was the first time Ruiz won all 4 championships.

After this match Wilder did not hold back. In an interview with TMZ Sports, Wilder  said “Joshua, I think he’s a broken man. Mentally, he’s done.” “When you perform that way as a champion? He gave up! He quit!”

This fuels the feud between these 2 as Wilder is confident to see Anthony Joshua in a match.

“Everyone wants to see him[Wilder] fight Anthony Joshua.” Mr.Lindsay a Teacher at Haynes.

This match in the future will be sure to be full of action. But fight now there is no official word of when this is supposed to happen. But for now you can watch Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz on June 5 as Tyson could be a possible contender for Wilder or Ruiz.