Deontay Wilder
(Frank Franklin, AP Photo)

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder improved to 41-0-1 (40 KOs) following his spectacular first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale Saturday Night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Jason Leach

If there were any doubts WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder was still a dominant champion following his draw to Tyson Fury in December, he put those doubts to bed, along with Dominic Breazeale (20-2, 18 KOs). A brutal knockout out Breazeale in round 1 of their fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY officially did the trick.

Wilder landed a vicious right hand to Breazeale’s chin that dropped him flat on his back with just under a minute remaining in round 1. After laying flat for several seconds, Breazeale tried to make it to his feet but was unable to beat referee Harvey Dock’s 10-count.

The spectacular knockout has gone viral and has been replayed over and over on sports shows across the nation.

The 33-year-old Wilder showed what separates him from the rest of the heavyweights in the division, and that’s his explosive one-punch knockout power that can put anyone to sleep at any time.

His knockout win over Breazeale was the 40th of his career and the 20th first-round knockout of his career, and is clearly in the discussion for knockout of the year.

Wilder made a huge statement on Saturday night and now, boxing fans hope the next time we’ll see him in the ring will be in a rematch with Fury, or against undefeated WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.