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Deontay Wilder Retains Title; Charles Martin Wins IBF Heavyweight Title
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder defended his WBC title for the third time with a devastating ninth round knockout of Polish challenger Artur Szpilka on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. A devastating right hand by Wilder knocked Szpilka out cold as the referee did not complete a ten count waiving the bout immediately.
Deontay Wilder stays undefeated at 36-0, 35 KOs and retains his WBC title. Arthur Szpilka goes to 20-2, 15 KOs as he was taken to Lutheran Hostpital as a precautionary measure
and is doing well now.
Following the fight with WBA & WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury at ringside, Fury called out Wilder
"Any time, any place, anywhere. I'll fight you in your backyard after I beat (Wladimir) Klitschko again," Fury told Wilder.
Wilder did not hold back as he responded well. "We all know Fury is just a phony. This is just an act. I'm not scared of anybody. We'll come to your backyard. This is just an act - you're not a real fighter. I don't play. This isn't wrestling. When you do step in that ring with me I promise you I will baptize you.”
"I would love to fight him next, unfortunately, I have other mandatories due. Make the date Tyson, I promise you," Wilder added.
In the co-main event Charles Martin won the vacant IBF heavyweight by stopping Vyacheslav Glazkov as he suffered a right knee injury in round three and was unable to continue. Glazkov was down and got up but told referee Earl Brown that he was unable to continue at 1:50 of the round.
Charles Martin wins the IBF vacant title as he stays undefeated 23-0-1, 21 KOs. Vycheslav Glazkov suffers his first loss and goes to 21-1-1, 13 KOs.