Wilder calls out Joshua after savage TKO win
- Author: Eleanor Harrison Nov 06, 2017,
Nov 06, 2017, 0:25
Stiverne beat the count, but Wilder rushed in and sent him to the floor once more with another punishing combination.
Stiverne then slumped to the canvas and stayed motionless for some time before being helped up and into a chair where he was examined by the ring doctor at the Barclays Center arena in NY. "I know I am the best but I want to prove I am the best".
"I've been waiting for a long time", he said.
"I'm too athletic, I'm mobile, I'm hostile, I have the heart of a lion".
Wilder was the heavy favourite going into this the sixth defence of his heavyweight title.
With the win, Wilder keeps his WBC heavyweight title, one he's owned since 2015.
"The Bronze Bomber" showed devastating power as he knocked down mandatory challenger Stiverne three times before the referee mercifully waved off the championship bout. The final blow came in the waning moments of the opening round as Wilder landed four clean punches to the face of a wobbly Stiverne.
Wilder would have preferred to face Ortiz, but Ortiz tested positive for two banned diuretics, chlorothaizide and hydrochlorothiazide, in a random urine test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on September 22, he was dropped from the fight.
Scott Quigg came out in explosive style, looking for a stoppage and getting one after six rounds, handing Oleg Yefimovych just the third loss of his career. I declare war upon him.
Thankfully, there is no chance of Wilder-Stiverne III.
Two heavyweights who have lost to Joshua also appeared on the undercard and Dominic Breazeale emerged victorious, dropping Eric Molina in the eighth before he retired on his stool.
The one man he didn't knockout was Bermane Stiverne, the same man he fought on Saturday night. "Do you accept my challenge, or are you still gonna squat as you piss?"
"It took lot of courage to step in ring with someone like me".
"My belt says heavyweight champion of the world, the difference is they want to stay in their safe heaven".
He now acts as Deontay Wilder's manager and has been on the front line, behind the scenes with negotiations with Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn to try to make the fight. No, I'm 29. Still got a long time in boxing.