NEW YORK – Deontay Wilder believes the mega match with Anthony Joshua and the revenge with Tyson Fury are coming.
Until then, he moved into some business with Dominic Breazeale.
He took care of it quickly and emphatically.
Wilder returned to the victory column Saturday night, eliminating Breazeale with a bullying right hand in the first round to defend his heavyweight title.
"It was a lot of animosity and a lot of words that were said and left me tonight," said Wilder.
Wilder wounded Breazeale with a right to the head at the start of their fight at Barclays Center, but the challenger recovered from that initial assault. But there was no return from the right later in the round that immediately left Breazeale, who was trying to stand up as referee Harvey Dock counted him at 2:17 of the round.
"When I hit him with my right hand for the first time, his body language changed," Wilder said.
And with the last one, Breazeale's body language crumpled.
Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) was coming out his draw against Fury in December, the first fight of his professional career that was not a victory. He wanted a rematch with Fury or a unification game with fellow champion Joshua, but was content with a mandatory defense of his WBC title when they could not be done.
He finished quickly, finishing Breazeale (20-2) after being pushed hard in each of his last two fights.
Wilder weighed at just over 223 pounds, a gain from 209 to which he was for Fury's fight, but still well below the 245 he set as a target after hearing that he was too small at the meeting, in which he dropped Fury with a great combination in the 12th round, but had to settle for a draw when the challenger managed to get up and finish the fight.
We expected an immediate revenge before Fury surprised us by another way.
"I understand what Tyson Fury did. When you let yourself fall on the canvas like this, I understand that you have to get back together," Wilder said. "But the revenge will happen, like all the other struggles that will happen." The nice thing is that all these fights are under discussion.
And Wilder won't need more pounds until he still has one of the most feared right hands in boxing.
Breazeale downplayed Wilder's power, saying that heavyweights had to hit hard. But he should certainly be a believer now.
It was challenging for the heavyweight title for the second time, having been stopped by Joshua in the seventh round three years ago in Britain. He said he learned and grew up from that fight, but there is nothing he could have prepared for what he had to face by landing only two fists before 13,181 fans in Brooklyn.
"This was a situation where he landed his big right hand before me," Breazeale said. "I thought I was going to come in the next rounds. I'll be back and go for the heavyweight title again."
Wilder and Joshua were the fight that almost everyone in boxing would prefer to see, but so far it was all talk without moving seriously close to the action.
Joshua will make his US debut at nearby Madison Square Garden on June 1st, so maybe they could try again later to negotiate a meeting.
Wilder easily put aside the disappointment of not fighting Joshua or Fury again because of his anger at Breazeale for an altercation that involved family members in an Alabama hotel in 2017. He went as far as his ability to kill a man in the ring , observations for which the president of the WBC, Mauricio Sulaiman, would have said that the organization would face an audition.
Wilder was coming out of difficult tests in his last two bouts, lulled by Luis Ortiz in their March 2018 clash in this arena before stopping the Cuban in the 10th round, and he needed a knockdown in the final round to secure a draw with Fury .
He looked like a picture of peace as he was taking his young daughter to the arena about three hours earlier, but he had returned to making his case as the worst man in the boxer, once the fight started.
In the other title fight on the card, Gary Russell Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) defended his piece of the featherweight title when the referee interrupted his meeting with Kiko Martinez (39-9-2 ) at the end of the fifth round on the board of the doctor in the front row due to a bad cut on the left eye of the challenger.