Deontay Wilder Earns Another First Round Knockout at Kerton Manswell's Expense, Calls Out Klitschko Afterwards
Another fight, another knockout for Alabama's heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder. The towering pugilist ran his undefeated record to 24-0, all via knockout, with a dominating first round stoppage of Trinidad's Kerton Manswell.
After a heavy dose of talking prior to the fight both competitors entered the ring with no shortage of intensity. But it was Widler who would leave victorious from the bout that was aired on Alabama Fox Sports Net.
As the referee explained the rules the animosity was clearly visible as each man stared intently at one another. As the bell sounded Manswell went on the offense pushing Wilder around the ring. However, just two minutes into the fight Wilder found an opening and landed a left and right cross that stumbled Manswell.
When Wilder spotted the moment of weakness he charged Manswell continuing to throw right, left, right combination knocking his invading opponent into the ropes and eventually onto the canvas. Manswell would get back to his feet, but only for a short time.
Immediately back on the feet Wilder landed another big right hand that sent Manswell crashing to the mat again. Once again, Manswell showed his heart by returning to his feet. On the restart Manswell showed some offense by forcing Wilder against the ropes. Seconds later, however, Wilder landed another left, right combinations causing Manswell to fall backwards.
Wilder followed the combination by connecting with a soft left jab and connecting right that dropped Manswell for the final time. It was obvious Manswell never fully recovered after the second knock down. At 2:10 in the first round and after the third knock down the Referee stepped in and called the fight.
The win brings Wilder's record to a shining 24-0 with 24 knockouts and helps further establish his claim as America's next heavyweight star. Following the action Wilder stated, "I am a fighter and I love to fight". The phenom also wasn't shy about who he would like to fight next.
"Klitschko, do not retire! There is a new heavyweight in town and The Bronze Bomber Deontay Wilder. To all the heavyweights out there, what's up baby...I have the power, I have the speed, I have the height, I have the talent and most of all I look good, baby."
Also on the card was Ray Ray Bryant versus Anthony Middle Brooks as they made their first national television debut going the full distance. Bryant seemed to dominate the entire fight using his height advantage over Middlebrooks.
Middlebrooks buckled down and closed the gap pushing all the way to the fourth round. Bryant seemed gassed in the last rounds and Middlebrooks got three super huge lefts hooks rocking Bryant. But Middlebrooks could not close the deal and the fight went to decision. This was Bryant and Middlebrooks second fight against each other. Bryant won in a fourth round unanimous decision.
Jayson Velez took on Dmitriy Salita with Salita coming out ahead with a technical knockout at 26 seconds in the 4th round. Williams and it quick style won this battle at 1:41 in the first round over Kilfian via knockout. This rounded out the evening of televised fights.
Other fights not televised were: Gundrick King from Tuscaloosa winning in a fourth round decision over Mikel Williams and Keith Thompson avenged his only loss by beating Anthony Greeley via TKO in the third round.
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