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Wilder vs Stiverne recap: Deontay captures belt via UD

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This evening from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, Deontay Wilder successfully out pointed Bermane Stiverne to capture the WBC Heavyweight Championship. The hungry, young fighter from Alabama won a unanimous decision by dominating the great majority of the action filled, twelve round fight.

The judges' scorecards read, 118-109, 119-108, and 120-107...all in favor of "The Bronze Bomber" Deontay Wilder.

To begin the bout, Deontay worked behind a sporadic jab and used his feet to control distance. The 29 year old, American hopeful peppered the champ with a healthy dose of hard jabs and occasional straight right hands.

After controlling range for the first third of the twelve round contest, Bermane began to find success closing the distance effectively and landing hard hooks to the body and head of the athletic challenger.

While the Alabama native continued to dictate the pace of the fight, the gap between both fighters started to close in the fourth stanza.

In the fifth round, Wilder established dominance once again, hurting the reigning title holder with a hard right hand that sent Stiverne back into the ropes. Although Deontay attempted to follow up with a hard flurry to the head of the champ, Bermane displayed his world class beard and regained his footing to close a very entertaining round of heavyweight boxing.

In the sixth round, Bermane came back in a big way with a hard, sweeping left hook that shook the title challenger and sent him stumbling back into the ropes. While Deontay showed the obvious effects of the shot, he remained composed and weathered the damage to end the stanza.

In the seventh, the challenger rocked the champ with a punishing right hand down the middle that sent Bermane stumbling back into the ropes.

With less than a minute remaining in the explosive round, Wilder attempted to follow up with a hard barrage of punches but couldn't put the incumbent title holder on his backside.

Although Stiverne made it out of the round, it was another huge round for the younger and seemingly more confident fighter.

In round eight, Wilder took the majority of the three minute period off, pacing himself while flicking out the occasional jab. While Bermane closed the distance effectively, working to the body and head, Deontay was able to avoid most of the potential damaging blows thrown by the champion.

Throughout the ninth stanza, Wilder once again established the jab and controlled the distance much more proficiently. Although no severe punches were landed by either fighter, the challenger dominated the great majority of the round.

In the tenth, the taller, rangier fighter began to use more force behind the jab and really punished Stiverne with a healthy dose of lead left hands. Although Wilder won the round, the courageous champ ended the stanza with a short, compact right hand on the inside that seemed to stagger the title challenger.

Ostensibly behind on the judges scorecards, the gallant champion attempted to close the distance and land shots to the body and head. But because of fatigue and plenty of accumulated punishment, Bermane couldn't put forth a consistent enough attack to gain control of the competitive Heavyweight scrap.

In the twelfth and final round, Stiverne tried to mount a successful attack with sweeping left hooks and hard right hands, but the poised challenger was able to take Bermane's best shots and landed just enough punches to maintain control and make it to the final bell.

With the win, Deontay Wilder becomes the first American Heavyweight title holder since Shannon Briggs captured the WBO belt in 2007.

After being criticized by many members of the boxing media leading into the highly anticipated championship bout, the newly crowned WBC champion had much to say to his fans and detractors.

"I'm just happy to bring this belt back to America officially," stated the new world champion. "I think I answered a lot of questions tonight. I already knew what I could do. We knew we could go twelve rounds. We knew we could take a punch."

"We knew we could give it. All the hard work was done in camp. I had fun in the ring tonight."

"I want to bring excitement back to the Heavyweight division. I want to defend my title at least three times this year, hopefully four. I want to be a champion who stays active. I'm ready now. I'm always in shape. This is my nine to five...this is my burger flipping right here. I'm ready to go anytime!"


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