The 136th WBC World Heavyweight Championship fight did not disappoint.  A lot of questions had been raised about Deontay Wilder, coming in to this fight.  Can he hang with a formidable opponent?  Can he box?  Can he go past 4 rounds?  Can he take a big hit?  Would he lose his cool against a better fighter?  Well, if you tuned in to Showtime Boxing on Saturday night, all those questions were answered for you.  Not only did Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KO’s) put the mute button on all of his critics, he also Brought the WBC World Heavyweight Championship back to America.

It was apparent from the opening bell, that Bermane Stiverne would have problems with the 84 inch reach of the Bronze Bomber, and his only chance was to get inside and make the fight ugly.  He failed to do that, and the few times that he did get in close to Wilder, he failed to capitalize.  Wilders jab was too long and accurate for Stiverne to muster any kind of offense, and in the 3rd round, Wilder unleaded a shotgun right hand that landed right on the button.  Stiverne was hurt bad, but I give him all the credit in the world, because he did not go down.  One thing was definitely learned about Stiverne on Saturday night, the guy can take a hit.

In the later rounds, Wilders left hook came to life to go along with that long jab and straight right hand, and Stiverne had no answer.  He was being hit cleanly on a consistent basis, but to his credit, not going down.  So it became clear that Wilder would have to go the distance and win on the scorecards.  Could he do this?  The answer was, he sure could.  With surprising conditioning for a Heavyweight, Wilder kept throwing and landing for the rest of the fight, and pulled out a wide unanimous decision victory to bring home the WBC World Heavyweight tittle.

Final Scores:      118 – 109        119 – 108        120 – 107

Leo Santa Cruz Defeats Jesus Ruiz

If you like volume punching and all out brawls, this was a good one to watch.  Leo Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KO’s) never seems to disappoint and Jesus Ruiz (32-6-5, 21KO’s) never stood a chance.  Neither guy was particularly good defensively, and it seemed like every punch thrown was landing.  Santa Cruz won every round except for the 6th, when Ruiz finally outlander him. Ruiz’ night would be cut short in the 8th round tho, when Santa Cruz exploded with a flurry of punches and the referee was forced to stop the fight.  It goes as a TKO victory against an overmatched opponent for Santa Cruz.  After the fight, he vowed to take on better competition form now on.  Personally I think the he need to fight Guillermo Rigondeaux, to try to prove that he’s more then just a volume puncher.

Amir Imam Defeats Fidel Maldanado

The best fight of the night just happened to be the first fight of the night.  Don’t get me wrong, all three fights were great, but Amir Imam (16-0, 14 KO’s) stole the show.  This was a wild one, and it started getting crazy at the end of the second round, when Imam sent Fidel Maldanado (19-3, 1NC, 16 KO’s) down to the canvas at the bell.  Then in the beginning of the 3rd, Maldanado hit Imam with a vicious shot sent him down on his backside, and it was on from there, as Imam scored another knockdown at the end of the 3rd.  Maldanado went down again in the 5th, and this time it was too much to handle, as he looked like he had no idea where he was.  A great TKO victory for Amir Imam, as he remains a top prospect to watch for years to come.

-David

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