WATCH: Deontay Wilder BRUTALLY KO'd Artur Szpilka To A Different Planet (Video)

January 17, 2016

-OpeningRound Staff

Last night defending his WBC heavyweight crown, Deontay Wilder scored the 35th knockout of his career in devastating fashion against Polish contender Artur Szpilka. And it was an absolute thing of beauty.

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The fight lasted longer than expected as it took Wilder 9 rounds to finally finish off Szpilka at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but when it was all finished, Szpilka took a long time to finally get up from the devastating blow, and had to be carried out of the arena on a stretcher.

Szpilka came into the fight with a 20-1 professional record, and was a very game challenger until the final blow. Szpilka was the first southpaw that Wilder faced in over 3 years, and Wilder’s rust showed at some points. Wilder even tumbled a bit when he lunged to try and punch Szpilka at one point.

“I’m surprised it took that long, but we had 12 rounds and they can’t all be pretty,” Wilder said after the fight.

Wilder was also gracious in victory as he prayed for Szpilka and his condition post fight.

“I always say two prayers, I say a team prayer and an individual prayer. My individual prayer is so that I don’t hurt my opponent so that he can’t go back to his family,” Wilder said after the fight. “People don’t understand and they don’t give these fighters enough credit. We risk our lives in here each and every time. He’s in my prayers.”

After the fight, the lineal heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury also paid Wilder a visit, and stormed the ring, setting off a WWE style firestorm and war of words. Fury got in Wilder’s face, while Wilder accused Fury of being a fraud and only an act, and Fury called Wilder a bum. It was an entertaining scrum in the center of the ring, and the most exciting heavyweight war of words in over 10 years. Fury, who has a rematch with the former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in April or May of this year, may have began to stir up the interest even more for a potential UK vs US heavyweight unification showdown. That would certainly bring fireworks.

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