Wilder defends title

BROOKLYN: American heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder defended his WBC title with a knockout of Artur Szpilka at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday. More drama followed the contest when WBA and WBO Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury climbed into the ring and said he wanted to fight Wilder in a unification bout. Szpilka, who was bidding to become Poland’s first world heavyweight champion, made it a close battle before absorbing a tough right hand to the chin with 2:24 left in the ninth round. Szpilka (20-2) was unconscious for a few moments before recovering following the bout. Wilder (36-0) displayed his power yet again and has now knocked out 35 opponents in 36 fights.