Wilder Win With Bum Right Arm

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By Seamus McNally

Deontay Wilder (37–0, 36 KOs) kept his unblemished record intact by stopping Chris Arreola (36–5–1, 31 KOs) at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on FOX.

Wilder gave the raucous hometown crowd another thrilling victory, scoring the third knockout win in his home state of Alabama in the last thirteen months. This was only possible because Wilder’s fight on May 21st in Russia against perennial contender Alexander Povetkin was canceled due to a positive drug test from Povetkin.

The opening round of the fight was largely void of action. Wilder established his jab and stayed outside of Arreola’s punching range. The second round was fought much the same way until Wilder opened up late in the round, causing a cut on the bridge of Arreola’s nose with a powerful straight right hand.

Arreola was able to get inside for the first time in the third round and do some work to Wilder’s body along the ropes. Wilder continued to find a home for the right hand. In the fourth round, Wilder was able to put Arreola on the canvas for the first time. He wobbled Arreola with a 1-2 combination and put him down seconds later with a flurry. Wilder tried to finish off his opponent with a barrage of heavy punches but Arreola was saved by the bell.

Wilder looked like he was going to end the fight early in the fifth with some sharp jabs to the face and left hooks to the body that shook Arreola but Arreola was able to weather the storm. It was a continuance of the status quo in the sixth round with Wilder continuing to dominate on the outside.

Wilder was goofing off while pinned in the corner during the seventh round when Arreola landed a low blow that pissed Wilder off. Wilder got back to business, snapping out his jab and landing thunderous shots to Arreola’s soft body and battered face. Wilder landed a crushing left hand in the final seconds of the round that rocked Arreola but he was once again saved by the bell. Arreola’s face showed signs of the beating he was absorbing as his left eye was nearly swollen shut.

Wilder continued to punish Arreola in the eighth round, rocking him around the ring while mostly using his jab. In between the eighth and ninth rounds, Arreola’s corner decided it had seen enough and stopped the fight.

After the fight, Wilder revealed why he did not use his trademark right hand as much as customarily seen, saying he broke his hand and distal tear in his right bicep. Wilder’s performance was already impressive and now knowing he did it without his dynamite right hand that is cause of most of his knockouts made it even more impressive.

Wilder called to unify all the belts with Anthony Joshua and heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. Hopefully we get to witness these match ups of undefeated behemoths to determine heavyweight supremacy in 2017.

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