Wilder has knocked out all 25 of the opponents he has faced (Photo courtesy of Team Wilder).
‘Bronze Bomber’ Drops Opponent Three Times en Route to Second Round TKO
Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (25-0, 25 KOs) needed less than four minutes to pick up his 25th consecutive knockout on Saturday night, despite his opponent being undefeated before they met. Damon McCreary (14-1, 10 KOs) was the latest victim in one of the greatest knockout runs in boxing history, with Wilder dropping him twice over two rounds before a third trip to the canvas forced referee Raul Caiz Sr. to wave off the bout as a stunned McCreary laid sprawled out under the ropes.
One thing that was clear from the eye test between these two competitors was that they were polar opposites. Standing 6-foot-7 and possessing a shredded 229-pound frame, Wilder towered over his 5-11, 262-pound counterpart. As soon as the opening bell rang, it did not take long to see that this bout would go along the same lines as the 24 fights already registered on Wilder’s resume.
When the first round got underway, McCreary raced towards Wilder before beginning to circle around him. The Alabama native immediately established ownership of the center of the ring, turning with his opponent as he began to establish his range with a sharp jab. When McCreary finally stopped his dance by the ropes and came inside, Wilder greeted him with a flurry that quickly sent him to the floor. Once he returned to his feet, Wilder pounced on his opposition. In the waning seconds, McCreary was looking to buy some time and took a fall that received a warning from the referee, and only the bell prevented him from being stopped in the opening frame.
Once the second round action got started, Wilder closed quickly and immediately had his opposition hurt again. With McCreary in trouble, he threw a lead left hand before firing a straight right cross that landed flush and sent his opponent stumbling into the ropes for the second knockdown of this affair. After getting back on his feet, Wilder made his opponent pay for the decision to keep fighting. He again jumped him with an onslaught of punches, and another perfectly placed combination sent the Detroit resident flailing into the ropes. Clearly stunned with no intent on making an attempt to continue, Caiz immediately stepped in to end the bout at the 55-second mark.
The win for Wilder was his fifth of the year, and the 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist shows no intent of slowing down his pace. In a previous exclusive with Resolution Sports, he stated that he would like to get in the ring with veteran Michael Grant, who also stands 6-7 and owns an 86-inch reach. He says that facing a big opponent like Grant would be a great test for him, also helping him in setting the stage for an eventual crack at one of the world champion Klitschko brothers.
For a complete background feature on Deontay Wilder, click here to read a Resolution Sports exclusive entitled ‘Bronze Bomber with Ambitions of Gold.’