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.