Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Making his first title defense, Deontay Wilder easily got past a game and gritty Eric Molina, stopping him in the ninth round of their scheduled 12-round affair last Saturday night in the first heavyweight title fight in Alabama history.
In front of a hometown crowd that filled the Bartow Arena on the UAB campus, in Birmingham, Wilder (34-0, 33ko’s) was able to finally put away the feisty Molina (23-3, 17ko’s), but not before there was some drama early on the fight.
The 33-year-old Molina, who said prior to the fight, Wilder would have an issue fighting backwards, caught the champ with a right hand that rocked him and hurt him in the fourth round. A native of Raymondville, Texas, Molina was also able to stay away from that lethal right hand early on as well and caught a huge break when he connected with that right hand.
Wilder looked like he was in serious trouble but Molina did not seem to realize he had hurt him and did not follow up in any meaningful way. He stopped his pursuit after he tested that shaky chin. The 29-year-old Wilder survived the damage and went on to continue dominating the contest, which saw him score four knockdowns.
So what is next for Wilder, how do we view Danny Garcia and who will GGG’s next opponent be?
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