Wilder retains WBC heavyweight crown with KO of Szpilka
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 17, 2016 01:20 PM
Deontay Wilder punches Artur Szpilka, of Poland, during the first round of a WBC heavyweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight championship with a devastating knockout of Artur Szpilka in the ninth round Saturday night at the Barclays Center.
Wilder (36-0) knocked Szpilka out cold and flat on his back with a powerful right hand to the head. Szpilka (20-2) was out for several minutes as medics were called to the ring. He eventually slumped against the turnbuckles as doctors tended to him.
With former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis sitting ringside, Wilder recorded his 35th KO and silenced a Polish-flavored crowd that went wild for Szpilka.
The heavyweights fought a fantastic eight rounds and were closing in on a ninth until Wilder caught him flush with 36 seconds left in the round.
Charles Martin won the vacant IBF world heavyweight championship in an underwhelming bout against injured Vyacheslav Glazkov in the co-main event.