Wilder hammers Duhaupas to retain title

27/09/2015 07:54

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) stopped Johann Duhaupas (32-3, 20 KOs) in the 11th round on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.

Wilder punished Duhaupas with a flurry of punches that forced the referee to stop what had become a one-sided bout.

American Wilder was landing hard shots from the start and cut Duhaupas on the bridge of the nose in the first round.

The Frenchman pressed forward and landed enough punches to raise noticeable swelling under Wilder's left eye in the second round, but he was taking loads of clean punches and was getting busted up.

Duhaupas was cut over the left eye in the fourth and did well to remain on his feet in the fifth after Wilder ended the round with a big rally.

Wilder landed more big shots in the 6th and 7th rounds, after which referee Jack Reiss went to Duhaupas' corner and told him he had to show something or he would stop the bout.

In the following rounds the challenger took more punishment and in the 11th, after a series of unanswered punches, the fight was waved off at 0:55 of the round.

Wilder is set to face mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (29-1, 21 KOs) next - even though Povetkin is scheduled to fight Mariusz Wach on November 4 in Russia.