At the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 39-0 (38), made his sixth defense destroying No. 1 contender and former WBC champion Haitian Bermane Stiverne, 25-3-1 (21), of Miami, FL, at 2:59 of the first round. DiBella Entertainment, PBC and Don King Productions promotion.
In the first round Wilder kept his jab in the face of Stiverne who didn’t land a punch through the first two minutes. Just under a minute a right hand off the jab dropped Stiverne. Wilder went on the attack dropping Stiverne again with a right hand. As Stiverne beat the count Wilder dropped him for the third and final time as referee Arthur Mercante, Jr. waved it off. Stiverne looked like he just came in for a payday as Wilder completely destroyed him!
Former IBF Welterweight champion Shawn Porter, 28-2-1 (17), of Las Vegas, NV, won a lopsided decision over Adrian Granados, 18-6-2 (12), of Cicero, IL, for the WBC Silver Welterweight Title. Referee was Gary Rosato.
In the opening round Porter is throwing bombs while Granados is on the defense. Porter also has an effective jab. Porter landed a hard overhand right to the head of Granados just prior to the bell. In the second round referee Rosato is having to work hard with too much clinching. Granados landed his best punch a right hand to the head of Porter with just under a minute left in the round. Porter continues to smother Granados into the ropes with a flurry of punches. Porter ended the round with a solid right to the head of Granados. In the third round Porter continues on the attack. With a minute to go in the round both boxers are letting it all hang out. Porter continues outworking Granados.
In the fourth round Porter continues landing more with Granados countering. Porter drives Granados into the ropes with a flurry of punches. Granados drove Porter into the corner at the bell. In the fifth round Porter continued to use his better hand speed. At one point Granados yelled “all right mom” as she cheered for her son. Porter ended up the busier of the two. In the sixth round Granados landed a solid right to the head of Porter. The last twenty seconds Porter chases Granados with a flurry of punches.
In the seventh round Porter continues using his hand and foot speed making Granados miss more than land. In the final ten seconds Porter landed a pair of right hands to the chin of Granados knocking his head back. In the eighth round Granados walked right into a Porter right to the chin. Porter continues to outwork Granados. In the ninth round Porter pins Granados against the ropes. Porter rocked Granados with a left hook to the head near the end of the round.
In the tenth round Porter had Granados pinned in the corner landing almost at will. With half a minute to go in the round a Porter left hook rocks Granados. In the eleventh round too many clinches between Porter outworking Granados who cannot deal with the speed of Porter. In the twelfth round both let it all hang out with Granados ending up the stronger of the two at the bell.
Judge Lederman, Morgan and Stewart had it 117-111 while this writer had it 119-108.
Sergey Lipinets, 13-0 (10), KAZ and Beverly Hills, CA, won the vacant IBF welterweight title in an all action over Akihiro Kondo, 29-7-1 (16), of Japan. Referee was Ricky Gonzalez.
In the opening round Kondo was the aggressor but took a good body shot from Lipinets. Lipinets concentrated on a body attack the entire round. In the second round Lipinets landed a lead right to the body of Kondo who countered with a right hand to the chin. Lipinets landed several body shots as Kondon kept throwing punches in return but not all landing. Lipinets landed a solid left hook to the chin of Kondo. In the third round Lipinets landed a lead right to the head of Kondo.
In the fourth round both boxers landed well with little to choose. In the fifth round Lipinets is throwing right hand bombs to the head of Kondo. With a minute to go in the round Kondon hurt Lipinets with a right to the head. Kondo landed well the last twenty seconds of the round. In the sixth round both landed at the same time to the chin. Kondo is throwing more but Lipinets is landing the harder punches. Lipinets landed several right uppercuts to the chin of Kondo. Due to a head but Lipinets was cut on the forehead. Lipents caused the cut leaning into Kondo. In the seventh round Kondo landed a flurry of punches to the head of Lipinets. The cut was flowing into the face of Lipinets. With half a minute to go Kondo landed a hard right to the head of Lipinets. In the eighth round Lipinets is trying the end it with the cut bothering him throwing power rights to the head. Kondo hangs in there and head hunting trying to keep the blood from the cut flowing. Kondo rocked Lipinets with a right counter to the head of Lipinets.
In the ninth round Kondo looks the fresher of the two as Lipinets is head hunting with right counters to the head. With just over a minute left in the round Kondo landed a solid right to the head of Lipinets who has fought the entire fight with his left by his side. In the tenth round Kondo is showing swelling under his right eye from those right hands from Lipinets. It was a close round.
In the eleventh round of an action packed fight Lipinets cut seems to have stopped due to good corner work. Lipinets is countering well outworking the oncoming Kondo. In the twelfth and final round Lipinets keeps outworking Kondo the first two minutes of the round. Kondo keeps coming forward but taking the harder of the two’s punches. As the bell sounded the fans should be pleased with all the action.
Judge Ortiz 118-110 117-111 by both judges and this writer 116-112.