Live updates: Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale – WBC heavyweight boxing championship

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WBC heavyweight championship: Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale 
Deontay Wilder via KO Round 1

Wrap: Holy cow folks. Wilder just did in two-minutes what Joshua did in over 20. That was assault. What a statement from Wilder. Over to you 'AJ' in two weeks against Andy Ruiz.

Round 1: Breazeale moving forward but Wilder establishing a nice jab. The champ throws a big overhand but Breazeale avoids. Nice right, left combo from the champion. Breazeale stunned by a huge right hand and is in trouble but the challenger backs up Wilder's assault with a huge right of himself. Oh Wow! Wilder lands a massive, savage right hand and Breazeale is out cold. That's it - it's over. Statement made!.

3:05pm - Breazeale looks very confident. I guess having spent 20-odd minutes in the ring with Anthony Joshua, even in defeat, gives you the knowledge you can take a shot.

3:02pm - Wilder's entrance reaching the four minute mark - right out of the WWE playbook. Now time for the ring introductions.

3:01pm - Deontay Wilder making a well produced entrance to a remix of Phill Collins' great track, In the air tonight. Very much the showman is Wilder.

2:56pm - The challenger Dominic Breazeale making his way towards the ring for his second heavyweight title fight. He came up short for the IBF crown against Joshua almost three-years ago.

2:50pm - Not too far away from the ring walks. We should be underway just after 3pm.

WBC featherweight championship: Gary Russell Jr vs Kiko Martinez
Gary Russell Jr via TKO (Doctor's stoppage) Round 5

Rounds 3-5 - Russell continues to maul Martinez. Just too much class. That cut is wide open now and the referee will have a look. Fight is over due to doctor's stoppage.

Rounds 1-2 - Russell Jr is in a class of his own tonight. he's opened a cut on Matinez's left eye. Martinez is being battered by Russell's jab and an aggressive offensive output from the American.

2:14pm - Russell looking to defend his title for the fourth time. His only loss came against Vasyl Lomachenko via majority decision in 2014. Lomachenko is regarded as on of the very best pound-for-pound bosers on the planet so that tells you a little about Russell's skillset.

2:10pm - The co-main event is a world title fight as well. Gary Russell Jr one of the best featherwights in the world with 29 wins in 30 fights. he is a huge favourite for this fight against Martinez who has eight losses and 39 wins in 49 fights.

Super lightweight: Julian Heraldez (16-0)  vs Argenis Mendez (25-2-2)
Majority Draw (97-93, 95-95, 95-95)

Wrap: And there you have it. One judge scored the fight for Mendez, the other two a draw. Never leave the fight in the hands of the judges ladies and gentleman.

Rounds 8-10: Mendez came on strong in the final two frames. I think Heraldez did enough but you never know with boxing judges.

Rounds 6-7: Heraldez starting to show his class now. looking super quick ans starting to run over the top of Mendez but the veteran still has that power in his tool box.

Rounds 1-5: Very close fight so far. The TMT prospect looked great out of the gates but the 32-year-old former world champion is really pressuring his younger opponent. Bit more power in Mendez's punches so he is well and truly in this fight.

1:20pm - First up is the Floyd Mayweather propsect, Julian Heraldez up against a former world champion Argenis Mendez.

1:15pm - A couple of prelim fights to get us underway before the big fellas get it on.

Welcome everyone to live coverage of what should be a blockbuster heavyweight clash.

The WBC heavyweight championship is on the line in Brooklyn as Deontay Wilder defends against fellow American Dominic Breazeale.

The stakes are high with either a unification fight with Anthony Joshua or a mega-matchup with Tyson Fury on the line.

That’s all dependent on the results of their upcoming fight, while ‘The Body Snatcher’ Dillian Whyte is also right in the mix.

There is no love lost between the two Americans with Wilder commenting this week that he would 'like to add a body' to his record. "If he dies, he dies," said the 'Bronze Bomber'.

Wilder brings a near-perfect record to the ring having won 39 of his 40 professional fights, 38 of those by stoppage. 

Live updates: Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale – WBC heavyweight boxing championship

His only blemish was a draw last time out against Fury in a highly competitive fight where the Brit was dropped twice but battled back to take Wilder the distance. 

For his part, Breazeale has a rather polished record himself. His only loss in 21 fights came in 2016 when he was stopped inside seven-rounds by Joshua in London.

Currently riding a three-fight win streak, all by stoppage, Breazeale has a massive opportunity to make himself a star this afternoon.

TAB odds: 

Deontay Wilder - $1.14 for the win
Dominic Breazeale - $6 for the win
Draw - $26 

Pre-fight banter: 
Deontay Wilder's threat to Dominic Breazeale before heavyweight clash

Unbeaten American heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder has issued a threat to opponent Dominic Breazeale before their heavyweight clash in New York on Sunday (NZ time).

Wilder is aiming to defend his WBC championship belt and extend his unbeaten professional record to 41-0-1, after his controversial draw with Tyson Fury in his last outing.

The 'Bronze Bomber' is known for his trash talk, but the 33-year-old took things to a new level, when he channeled his inner Ivan Drago from Rocky IV, saying; "If he dies, he dies."

In the movie, Drago (played by Dolph Lundgren) showed no remorse, after pummelling Apollo Creed to death in a Las Vegas showdown.

The warning to Breazeale is obvious.

"His life is on the line for this fight... and I do mean his life," Wilder told USA Today Sports.

"I'm still trying to get a body on my record. This is the only sport where you can kill a man and get paid for it at the same time.

"It’s legal. Why not use my right to do so?

"I didn't go seek him, he sought me, so if [death] comes, it comes. This is a brutal sport, this is not a gentleman's sport.

"I keep saying this is not a gentleman's sport. We don't ask to hit each other in the face, but we does anyway.

"You can ask any doctor around the world and he'll tell you the head isn't supposed to be hit. Anybody can go and in this particular time, we have bad blood against each other."  

The rivals first tangled two years ago, when they got into a scuffle in a hotel, after fighting on the same card.

Wilder claimed that Breazeale made intimidating comments to his family, which sparked the melee.

Breazeale told CBS Sports that he was left "upset" by Wilder's comments.

"You never want to hear an individual - and I don't care what sport it is, but especially in the sport of boxing - who has the ability to put someone else in a bad state of mind or hurt them physically [talk like that]," he said.

"I don't think he understands what he's saying. He's just not all there, if that makes sense.

"Both he and I have knocked out individuals with shots where I am like, 'Oh God, I hope he is going to be OK from this'.

"But that's just my ring gentlemanship and having a care for life. Because of it, he is going to have to pay.

"He was going to pay anyways and I was going to have sportsmanship behind it, but now, when I put this beating on him, and I hurt him and punish him, I'm not going to shake this man's hand.

"I'm not going to tell people I feel sorry for him, if he's hurt. It is what it is and he has comeuppance coming his way."