At the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday night over Showtime promoters Tom Brown’s TGB Promotions, Bomb Squad Promotion and Mayweather Promotions featured WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder defending his title against No. 4 contender Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale.
In the Main Event WBC Heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 41-0-1 (40), #223 1/4, of Tuscaloosa, AL, made his ninth defense knocking out the No.4 contender Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale, 20-2 (18), #255 1/4, of Eastvale, CA, at 2:17 of the first round.
In the first round Wilder went on the attack right away. It took Breazeale half a round to land a punch other than a jab. Wilder landed a vicious right cross on the chin and down went Breazeale for the count of top referee Harvey Dock.
“If you give God the Glory he will give you the victory,” said When asked by interviewer Jim Gray about fighting Tyson Fury and Anthony “A.J.” Joshua Wilder said “It’s a matter of our teams getting together and maybe the two fighters.”
In the co-feature WBC World Featherweight champion “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr., 30-1 (18), of Capitol Heights, MD, #125 3/4, made his fourth defense stopping on a cut Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez, 39-9-2 (28), #124 1/2, of Alcante, Spain, at 2:52 of the fifth round.
In the first round southpaw Russell used his jab while Martinez tried getting inside of it punching to the body. In the second round Martinez got a small cut on the corner of his left eye from a right hook by Russell. Inside the final minute of the round Russell rocked Martinez with a left to the chin but backed off.
In the third round Russell continued using his hand speed keeping Martinez at bey. Martinez finished the round with a rally. In the fourth round Martinez would bull his way in best he could coming in low. Russell kept that fast jab in his face throughout.
In the fifth round after a minute Martinez landed his best punch a right on the chin of Russell. Russell continued giving Martinez a boxing lesson re-opening the cut to the point when the referee Ricky Gonzalez brought the ring physician in with just eight seconds left in the round. The ring physician checked the cut and told the referee to stop the fight. Russell had won every round up to this point going more to the head in this the final round of the fight.
“I want Leo Santa Cruz. If I fight “Tank” Davis I will have to move up in weight and vacate my title,” said Russell.
Super Lightweight Juan Heraldez, 16-0-1 (10), #140 1/2, of North Las Vegas, NV, and former champion Dominican Argenis Mendez, 25-5-3 (12), #140, of Yonkers, NY, drew over 10 dull rounds.
In the first two rounds Heraldez used an effective jab through the first two rounds to oubox Mendez. In the third round Mendez picked up the pace. Heraldez kept mostly using his jab backing up more. In the fourth round Mendez in a close round may have held an edge with being the aggressor.
In the fifth round Mendez drew blood from the nose of Heraldez with a right hand. Both fighters opened up their offense more. In the sixth round Mendez seemed to hold the edge again being the busier of the two while Heraldez had his way in the seventh round.
In the eighth round the nose of Heraldez started bleeding again. The fight continued with little excitement but closeness in who wins each round. In the ninth round Mendez rocked Heraldez near the end of the round with a right on the chin.
In the tenth and final round Heraldez ran the entire round with Mendez hurting him once during the round.
Scores were Lederman 97-93 for Mendez while judges Basile and Morgan had it 95-95. This writer had it 96-94 Mendez. The referee was Johnny Callis.
Super Lightweight southpaw Gary Antuanne Russell, 9-0 (9), #137 ¼, of Capitol Heights, MD, won by KO in 4 rounds over Marcos “Bombardero” Mojica, 16-3-2 (12), #138 ¼, of Managua, NIC, in a scheduled 8.
Bantamweight Gary Antonio Russell, 14-0 (11), #117 1/2, of D.C. won by TD6 over Mexican Saul Eduardo Hernandez, 13-13-1 (8), #117 1/2, of Lakeside, CA, in a scheduled 8.
A moment of silence was given for the recent death of legendary boxing judge for HBO Harold Lederman by Ring Announcer “Classy” Jimmy Lennon, Jr.