Tuesday January 20, 2015– On Saturday January 17, 2015 we witnessed an exciting Boxing match between Bermane Stiverne vs. Deontay Wilder. They fought in front of a crowd of 8,453 this was the first heavyweight title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. As we all remember this is the same venue were Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield’s ear in 1997 both of these fighters were sitting ringside.
On that night history was made, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder fought past the fourth round for the first time in his career, and he became the first American to win the heavyweight title in nearly a decade.
Wilder spoke to RingTV.com on Sunday and stated the following:
“I’m just coming from the hospital not too long ago and got my right hand X-rayed and stuff, and it’s fractured. I had fractured my right hand in the third or fourth round of the fight, so I was fighting with one hand, and, truth to be told, I was fighting with one eye, as well, because I injured my left eye the day before the fight. I had the band laced up to my foot, and it slipped from under my foot and went straight into my eye,” said Wilder of an exercise that resulted in a stretching band striking him in that eye.
“I laid on the ground for about 15 minutes and couldn’t open my eye. There was a lot of swelling and I couldn’t open my eye. When I could open my eye, all I could see was black and white dots. I had to get my doctor up there and we got some eye drops medicine that helped me out to the point where I could see just a little bit. So I really had one arm and one eye. It was still cloudy for me to see, but I had a warrior mentality and my will and my heart was going to carry me all the way through.”
Wilder shouted to the ringside press, “Who can’t box? Who can’t box?”
After the fight he stated the following:
‘I answered a lot of questions tonight,’ he said. ‘We knew we could go 12 rounds, we knew we could take a punch. All the hard work is done in camp. Did I look like I had fun? I really did.
‘There wasn’t a better opponent than Bermane Stiverne. I wanted to prove I could do it and I did that. I don’t want anyone to doubt me anymore.
‘I thought I was going to knock him out in four rounds but when I saw he could take a great punch, I knew I was in for a long fight.
‘I want to bring excitement to the heavyweight division. I want to fight four times a year. I’m ready whenever.’
Stiverne stated that he was not at his best:
‘It wasn’t my night,’ he said. ‘I didn’t feel 100 per cent. I just couldn’t cut the ring off or move my head like I usually do.
‘I congratulate him but I’ve got to go back and learn from my mistakes.
‘I was trying to throw combinations of four and five punches but I got through two of them.
‘I was flat. This wasn’t me at all. I wasn’t able to do what I wanted to do.’
(Video Courtesy of haNZAgod)
The Nevada Athletic Commission released the following results and medical suspensions to FightBookMMA.com.
BOXING RESULTS AND MEDICAL SUSPENSIONS
January 17, 2015
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
DEONTAY LESHUN WILDER
AL Wilder won by unanimous decision. (107-120; 109-118; 108-119) Wilder wins WBC Heavyweight Title.
Stiverne must have Dr’s clearance before next fight; minimum no contest until 03/04/15, no contact until 02/17/15 right eye laceration Wilder must have x-ray of right hand if positive then must have Dr’s clearance or no contest until 07/17/15.
LEODEGARIO SANTA CRUZ
La Habra, CA
JESUS MANUEL RUIZ GARCIA
Santa Cruz won by TKO 0:29 of the 8th round.
Santa Cruz retains WBC Super Bantamweight Title
Suspend Santa Cruz until 03/19/15 No contact until 03/19/15 right eye laceration Suspend Ruiz until 03/04/15 No contact until 02/17/15 head blows
AMIR AHMED IMAM
Pompano Beach, FL
FIDEL ALFRED MALDONADO, JR.
Imam won by TKO 2:59 of the 5th round.
Imam wins the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight Title
Suspend Maldonado until 03/04/15 No contact until 02/17/15
Byrd VYACHESLAV SHABRANSKYY
Valley Village, CA
GARRETT QUINCY WILSON
Shabranskyy won by TKO end of the 9th round – Referee stops contest on Dr’s advice.
Suspend Wilson until 03/04/15 No contact until 02/17/15
ERIC LEE MOLINA
Las Vegas, NV
Molina won by TKO 1:28 of the 8th round.
Suspend Zumbano until 02/17/15 No contact until 02/02/15 head blows.
JOANN JOSE VALENZUELA
San Bernardino, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Quiñonez won by TKO 1:13 of the 2nd round.
QUIÑONEZ – PRO DEBUT Suspend Valenzuela until 02/17/15 No contact until 02/02/15 head blows.