Former WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder just took on former world champion Joseph Parker in the co-main feature at Day of Reckoning in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The entertaining Wilder entered the ring with a robe and a crown and looked ready to fight for the first time in more than a year. However, the first two rounds showed two very cautious boxers who barely threw a single punch in the first six minutes.
In the fourth round, things got heated and both fighters landed good punches. Parker was the most active fighter in the mid-rounds since Wilder barely threw a punch.
In the eight round, Parker went for the knockout and landed a crazy right hand that he followed up with a flurry of punches but a hurt Wilder survived.
“The Bronze Bomber” stepped on the gas in the last round but failed to stop his opponent.
After the final bell, Parker stood as the winner via unanimous decision with 118-111, 118-110 and 120-108 on the scorecards.
Deontay Wilder held the WBC title from 2015 to 2020
Wilder had a late start to boxing, taking up the sport at 20 years of age but became an Olympic bronze medalist just three years later at the 2008 Olympics.
He turned pro in at the age of 23 on November 15, 2008 and held the WBC heavyweight title from 2015 to 2020, making 10 successful defenses.
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