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Wilder TKOs Arreola in 4th title defense

Deontay Wilder

At times, world WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder seemed to be making too much of a show for his home crowd in his fourth title defense against Chris Arreola, but it ended as his fights always do, with a knockout and his opponent looking like a bloody, swollen mess.

Wilder improved to 37-0 with his 36th knockout in Saturday night’s main event of Premier Boxing Champions in front of 11,974 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, just 50 miles away from Wilder’s hometown of Tuscaloosa. Arreola dropped to 36-5-1, and 0-3 in title fights, getting knocked out in all three of them.

After a very slow first round in which the two hard punchers circles the ring and sized each other up in typical heavyweight fashion, Wilder started to open up on his opponent, using a very stiff jab to soften him up and creating opening for his devastating right hand. In the fourth round, Wilder hurt Arreola, sending him down to the mat with a flurry. Arreola stood up after a long knee on the canvas, but was nearly knocked out again as Wilder pounced on him right away to keep him from recovering. Arreola was able to hold on until the end of the round, but he wasn’t ever really able to recover.

Wilder’s kept working his jab, eventually closing Arreola’s right eye and further opening a cut on Arreola’s nose that was bleeding since the second round.

By the eighth round, Arreola had to be told to get off his stool in the corner to start the round. By the end of his and another dominant round by Wilder, Arreola’s corner requested a stop. They saw enough of a beating.

But while the fight was a completely one-sided affair, after the fight Wilder told the ringside media that be broke his right hand and tore his right biceps. He was one-handed for half the fight but was still able to pummel a guy who has been in the ring with some of the best around.

Wilder out-landed Arreola 152-52 in the right, while landing 44-percent of his punches thrown to Arreola’s 28-percent. Though the defense was not against a truly top-ranked contender after a PED violation by Alexander Povetkin caused that fight to be canceled, Wilder successfully defended his title for a fourth time, and this time it was against a guy who has been in the world title picture for more than half a decade.

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