Wilder knocks out Stiverne in first round

Deontay Wilder wasted no time in his heavyweight bout against Bermane Stiverne in New York on Saturday night, knocking out the challenger inside the first round.

The fight was a rematch of their 2015 meeting in which Stiverne became the only fighter to go the distance with Wilder.

But there was never a danger Stiverne would last at the Barclays Center as Wilder retained his WBC belt with a devastating series of punches midway through the first round that left Stiverne out cold with his head resting on the bottom rope as the referee dived in to stop the fight.

The win takes Wilder to 39-0 with 38 knockouts.

Speaking about Wilder after the fight, promoter Lou DiBella said: “No one punches like him, no one has the reach he has, no one has the one-punch power he has.”

“He’s the scariest heavyweight on the planet. He will put Anthony Joshua to sleep the same way he just did Bermane Stiverne.

“He’s Anthony Joshua’s biggest test, he’s Anthony Joshua’s worst nightmare.”

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