Deontay Wilder Knocks Out Bermane Stiverne in First Round, Keeps Heavyweight Title

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The knockout win was a resounding statement for Tuscaloosa, Ala. native Wilder who came into Saturday's bout with a 38-0-0 record including 37 knockouts.

Wilder was so upset over the change of opponent that at the final prefight news conference on Thursday promised a knockout in graphic terms, saying, "The ambulance better be ready".

"What you do see on TV is more people (in the UK) but not necessary more dollars".

"I want Joshua, no more ducking, hiding and dodging".

"I know I am the best but I wanna prove I am the best".

Three years after the Alabaman won the title from Stiverne on points to became the first American to capture a piece of the heavyweight championship in almost a decade, he hasn't been taken the distance and the Stiverne who climbed through the ropes on Saturday was hardly the man for such a task.

It wasn't a fight many wanted to see considering that Wilder won a one-sided decision when they met in January of 2015.

It didn't take long for Wilder to impose his will.

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Joshua's trainer Robert McCracken has previously insisted that he would prefer a clash with Parker before Wilder, while Tyson Fury's name also continues to be mentioned given his vow to return to the ring in 2018.

When Stiverne returned to a vertical base for a second time, Wilder ran at him with raw and unbridled ferocity, before unleashing a salvo of punches that caused the Haitian-Canadian fighter to disintegrate to the canvas. He dropped an out-of-shape Stiverne three times before referee Arthur Mercante waved it off at 2:59.

"Let's make the fight happen, I know I'm the best, are you up for the test?" Deontay Wilder is Anthony Joshua's worst nightmare.

"I've been waiting for a long time baby".

"King's don't chase peasants".

"They have a great thing going over there but they have to come to fight me".

Following the win, Wilder called out WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Joshua as his next target, despite the Brit having a distinct size advantage. I'm saying it because two unbeaten heavyweights, one unified champion, one lineal champion, both over six foot six tall, both over 18 stone. "Make the date, don't wait".

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