Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) American heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder scored a devastating ninth-round KO of Artur Szpilka Saturday night to retain his WBC heavyweight title for the third time, in front of a frenzied crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
After a tight and highly contested eight rounds, Wilder (36-0, 35ko’s) landed a brutal right to the chin of Szpilka, who got caught as he threw a lazy left. Szpilka fell flat onto his back and remained unconscious on the canvas for a few scary moments before talking with ringside doctors and medical staff.
The official time of the KO was 2:24 of the ninth stanza as Wilder has now knocked out 35 of his first 36 career opponents. A concerned Wilder walked over and lightly patted Szpilka as he was laying on the stretcher, making sure he was ok.
“I told him he was a great contender,” Wilder said.
“He came to give his all. He gave his all for Brooklyn. I always say two prayers. I say a team prayer and I say an individual prayer. I don’t want to hurt a man so he can’t go home to his family. We risk our lives every time we step in the ring. He’s definitely in my prayers and I hope he’s doing well.”
A game Szpilka (20-2, 15ko’s) was taken to Lutheran Hospital on a stretcher as a precautionary measure.
As early as Sunday morning, he seemed to be in good spirits and doing much better as his girlfriend posted a photo of them on IG.
Tyson Fury, the outspoken and cocky British unified world champion, climbed into the ring after the fight and started to bark at Wilder, claiming he wanted to fight Wilder in a unification bout.
“Anytime, any place, anywhere, I will fight you in your backyard after I beat (Wladimir) Klitschko again,” he yelled at Wilder.
Wilder was not fazed by Fury’s antics.